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...

Classroom Design

Dramatic play is a staple of the early childhood classroom and purposeful play. Dramatic play can easily be done at home, as well, with these four simple tips! For other tips on setting up play areas, check out this blog post!
Are you setting up a new classroom and wondering how to arrange your play areas or are you a seasoned educator looking to change up or enhance your play areas? Hopefully this post can help you! Please note this was written...
Are you switching classrooms or starting in a new school? I tried to think of my best tips for setting up a new classroom. Hopefully they will help you! Please note this was written prior to school COVID-19 restrictions.
As many teachers are getting their classrooms set-up right about now, I thought this would be a good time to talk about organizing the classroom and supplies. It is very important to me that everything have a place in my classroom and that there...
Why dramatic play? I love to set up different dramatic play centers for my students. Dramatic Play is a favorite in my classroom – students love to pretend and imagine different scenarios. They also love to have the chance to...
Well it’s a few weeks into school and I am still loving my classroom set-up and decorations. I thought I would give everyone a little tour into my home away from home. First I have my meeting area. For the first time, we have a new smart...
As I enter into my first full week of summer vacation, my mind has not shut off completely from work. In fact, it is all a buzz thinking about possibilities for next year. For the past four years, I have had the same classroom theme: Pete...