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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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5 Easy things to prepare for next school year

I know that the end of the year is fast approaching, for some faster than others (like myself… who still has 1...

3 Simple Ways to Prevent the Summer Slide

Teachers and parents alike are always looking for ways to prevent the summer slide. We work so hard all year to help...

How to Teach Classroom Procedures and Routines

As you start to get ready for back to school, establishing classroom procedures and routines should be in the front of your...

What does Empathy Mean to a Kindergartener?

Empathy is the hardest social emotional skill for young children to learn because developmentally young children have difficulty taking perspectives. Knowing the...

Easy, Peasy, Pizza Dramatic Play Center

Students love changing out the dramatic play center and one of my students’ favorites is a pizza dramatic play center! They love...

Early Childhood Education

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...
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