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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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What Kindergarteners Should Know

I know many parents and caregivers are curious about what kindergarteners should know so that they can support them as needed. It...

Easy Block Area Ideas

The block area is always a favorite play area of the classroom. The students love being able to build with different toys...

Teaching in 2021: I’ve lost the joy of teaching

I am writing this blog post on the day before returning to school after just over a week off for December break....

Refreshing Expectations After Break

We’ve all been there. Coming back from break ready to start teaching right where you left off with your students who have...

8 Easy Impulse Control Activities for Kids

Kids don’t automatically learn impulse control and self-regulation – you have to teach them strategies to use! I have 8 impulse control...

Early Childhood Education

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...
Are you interested in trying purposeful play in kindergarten? Are you looking to make your playtime more meaningful and intentional? These steps will definitely help you to get starting starting purposeful play with your students! Schedule time
Tons of workbook and worksheet companies, and even teachers might be mad at me for telling you this secret…. There is no such thing as kindergarten readiness. Kindergarten teachers and classrooms are designed to meet your child where they are and support them in...
Hey world, it’s me, a teacher. Remember us teachers? Remember when just 3 months ago you were calling us, “heroes” and saying things like, “teachers should get paid millions of dollars every day?!” Yes, believe it or not teachers today are those same people...
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...
Whenever I tell people I am an early childhood educator, I get one of 3 responses every single time. 1) "That’s cute!" 2) "How fun!!" 3) "You must be so patient!" I normally just grit my teeth and force a smile. I nod and...
More than ever, society is realizing just how valuable the teacher can be. There have been thousands of tweets showing appreciation for teachers from parents and saying that teachers should get paid a million dollars a day – wouldn’t that...