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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...

Favorite Blog Posts

Kids don’t automatically learn impulse control and self-regulation – you have to teach them strategies to use! I have 8 impulse control activities for kids that work well for my students! Give them a try! Bossing...
Most teachers will tell you that it is easier to come to work sick than make sub plans… enter the Sub Tub! The Sub Tub not only makes my life easier when planning to be absent, it also makes things easier for my substitute...
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!
Are you using Seesaw this year or considering it for any hybrid or remote learning? It is a wonderful website and app for supporting learning at home, but it is also awesome to use in the classroom. There are many benefits to using Seesaw...
No matter if you are teaching in a classroom or on a computer, your students will need movement beaks and your normal movement breaks might not work in this new setting. Here are my favorite go-to activities to use with students!
Looking for easy interactive morning meeting greetings and activities that can work on a computer and/or in a socially distanced classroom? I’ve got a bunch of ideas for you that worked really well for me! Looking for other distance learning support? Check out these...
As we finish up a school year, and prepare for the next one, I wanted to re-share my top 5 favorite blog posts from the 2019-20 school year! Today we have the most popular blog post from 2019-20... drumroll please... Establishing Math Routines and...
As we finish up a school year, and prepare for the next one, I wanted to re-share my top 5 favorite blog posts from the 2019-20 school year! Today we have #2 - Teaching the Alphabet! Learning the alphabet is one...
As we finish up a school year, and prepare for the next one, I wanted to re-share my top 5 favorite blog posts from the 2019-20 school year! Today we have #3 - Authentic and Meaningful High-Frequency Word Practice! Since writing this blog post,...
As we finish up a school year, and prepare for the next one, I wanted to re-share my top 5 favorite blog posts from the 2019-20 school year! Today we have #4 - Kindergarten Phonics 101! Phonics can be an overwhelming area...