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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...

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...