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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Starting Purposeful Play in Kindergarten? Outstanding!

Are you interested in trying purposeful play in kindergarten? Are you looking to make your playtime more meaningful and intentional? These steps...

Rethinking Thanksgiving in Kindergarten

I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting and learning about teaching with more of an equity lens. I am definitely trying to...

Easy, Positive Self-Image Activities for Kids

One of the important social emotional skills for children to develop is a strong sense of self. We want our students to...

Easy Kindergarten Home Support for Struggling Students

We always want what is best for our students, and some students just need more practice than what we can provide during...

Simple Dice Games for Kindergarten for the Year

Simple dice games for kindergarten are probably my most loved math stations and activities I give my students. They love the routines,...

Classroom Design

Classroom jobs are a critical part of the classroom community. They teach students responsibility, independence and teamwork. Not all classroom jobs are created equal though! In this blog post I write some different ideas for classroom jobs and why they are important!
Creating a welcoming classroom environment is easier than you thought, and the secret might surprise you! As teachers, especially at the start of school, we are bombarded with all the stuff and all the things that we are supposed to buy for our classroom...
Any kindergarten teacher will know – independence is the name of the game. Not only is it a critical skill for young children to develop, let’s be honest… there’s one of you and twenty of them. Twenty young children who are used to getting...
I love taking the summertime to rethink my classroom elementary design! It’s a great chance to change things up and to reflect on what works and what hasn’t worked. If you’re moving classrooms or starting a new classroom, it’s also time for you to...
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...