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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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Teaching Listening Skills at the Start of the Year

Teaching listening skills at the start of the year is so important it is actually the first social emotional skill that I...

How to Set Up A Kindergarten Science Center

Kindergarten science centers are great to spark interest and curiosity and to develop observation skills. Science centers can be done in any...

Classroom Decoration Ideas: The Do’s and Don’ts

When thinking of classroom decoration ideas, it can be easy to be distracted with the pretty things we see on pinterest or...

How to Structure a Kindergarten Math Lesson

Kindergarten math lessons may appear different than the older grades, but they can follow a similar workshop structure. A kindergarten math lesson...

Top 5 Things Teaching During Covid Has Taught Me

These past two years have been a lot. They have brought a lot of negatives - uncertainty, stress, frustration, loss, worries, constant...

Classroom Design

When thinking of classroom decoration ideas, it can be easy to be distracted with the pretty things we see on pinterest or social media. However, it’s important to come back to what is most important - getting ready for your students! I’ll share some...
Students love changing out the dramatic play center and one of my students’ favorites is a pizza dramatic play center! They love being able to make and sell the pizzas, as well as pretend to be the customers and order their favorite pizzas. The...
When thinking about your classroom set up for kindergarten, it can be overwhelming to think about all the things you have to do! Maybe different from other grades you have taught or maybe this is your first time setting up a classroom that is...
Children always love the kitchen aspect of dramatic play and so turning it into a bakery dramatic play is a natural transition. The set-up is beyond easy and the children will have so much fun playing baker and selling their baked goods to their...
If you are looking to change up your dramatic play center, your students will probably love a vets office dramatic play center! This center combines the children’s love for stuffed animals and animals with their love of playing doctor! Plus, it took me all...
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!