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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...

Early Childhood Education

These past two years have been a lot. They have brought a lot of negatives - uncertainty, stress, frustration, loss, worries, constant changes… it’s been… a lot. But, I’ve also learned a lot. I’ve learned a lot about myself and I’ve reflected a lot...
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...
Beautiful stuff is my students favorite play area every year. They love being able to create and explore with materials in a different way. Setting up a beautiful play center is easy – anyone can do it! I’ll walk you through what beautiful stuff...
You love working with children. You know you want to be a teacher. But which license should you get - early childhood or elementary ed? This was the exact scenario I found myself in when I was applying to college. I just didn’t know...
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...
I am frequently asked by parents, “Is my child ready for kindergarten?” and while it may seem like it should just be an easy checklist to give out to decide if their child is ready or not, there isn’t an easy answer. The truth...
I know many parents and caregivers are curious about what kindergarteners should know so that they can support them as needed. It also helps to know what is typically expected for this age group. Teachers also like to compare what kindergarteners should know, because...
The block area is always a favorite play area of the classroom. The students love being able to build with different toys and materials, but after a while, they get bored with the same materials and ideas. This is when misbehaviors occur. You need...
I am writing this blog post on the day before returning to school after just over a week off for December break. The time at home to relax, sleep, read, watch t.v., get some projects done, and spend time with family has been invaluable...
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...