Kindergarten Cafe

Welcome to Kindergarten Cafe - your home for teaching ideas, activities, and strategies across all content areas! I am Zeba McGibbon and I love creating resources for teachers and sharing my teaching experience with others. Kindergarten Cafe is aimed for kindergarten, but teachers of Preschool-First grade can find resources here for their students! I love to connect with other teachers so please reach out and say hello!

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What’s in my Math Toolbox?

The same tools can be used to meet a variety of skills for math small groups or interventions. I keep my math...

4 Tips for Teaching Sentences to Beginning Writers

When teaching beginning writers, it is important to teach them how to write a sentence. I have 4 tips for you when...

Teaching Living and Non-Living Things in Kindergarten

Teaching about living and non-living things is a crucial foundation to all life sciences, life cycles, biology and ecology. Thinking about living...

Turning Misbehaviors In The Classroom into Teachable Moments

The secret to good teaching? Finding those teachable moments and running with them. Good social-emotional instruction involves...

7 Tips for Difficult Parent-Teacher Conferences

I’m not sure about you, but I have Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences this week. With the upcoming conferences, I’m thinking ahead to some...

Social Studies

In social studies for kindergarten, a major standard for younger children is to understand maps and why we use them. Students are asked to explain the difference between maps and globes. Students are also expected to identify, with support, their town and their school....
One of my schools’ main social studies units for kindergarten is a unit all on community helpers. Over the past few years I have noticed that most of my students can identify community helpers because of work they have done in preschool. So, I...
Why Me On The Map? The “Me on the Map” activity is perfect for teaching several of my state’s social studies standards. In kindergarten in Massachusetts, students should be exposed to different kinds of maps and globes. Students should also...