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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Simple Dice Games for Kindergarten for the Year

Simple dice games for kindergarten are probably my most loved math stations and activities I give my students. They love the routines,...

An Awesome Family Unit for Kindergarten

A family unit for kindergarten is an important social studies unit to start the year for several reasons. A family unit for...

Exciting Activities for the Life Cycle of Pumpkin

The life cycle of pumpkin is a fun way to continue learning about life cycles while staying in the festive fall spirit....

A Kindergarten Name Project to Help Value Student Names

A kindergarten name project is critical to the start of the year in kindergarten. Learning student names is important for both teachers...

Sub Tub for a Smooth and Easy Absence

Most teachers will tell you that it is easier to come to work sick than make sub plans… enter the Sub Tub!...

Teaching Tips and Tricks

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!
Wouldn’t we all love the magic trick to motivating a student to do work? The truth is, if you form a classroom culture where students feel special and valued, then they will always be motivated! I have five ways to make students feel special...
Creating a welcoming classroom environment is easier than you thought, and the secret might surprise you! As teachers, especially at the start of school, we are bombarded with all the stuff and all the things that we are supposed to buy for our classroom...
Teachers have a million things to worry about during the year, but don’t let parent communication be one of them! ClassTag has everything I have ever looked for in a parent communication tool. I’ll get into all the parent communication features, but my favorite...
Any kindergarten teacher will know – independence is the name of the game. Not only is it a critical skill for young children to develop, let’s be honest… there’s one of you and twenty of them. Twenty young children who are used to getting...
When thinking about that welcome to back to school, there are two types of teachers out there. Let me know in the comments which type of teacher you are! There’s the teacher who leaves her classroom when summer starts and doesn’t come back to...
I’ve been teaching remotely for almost a full year… I have just a few weeks left. Many said it couldn’t be done and I am here to prove that it could. My students learned just as much as they would have in the classroom....
I’ve been there - so desperate for summer that I start counting down the days. In fact, I do this every year. However, I’ve started to keep my countdown for summer private from the students. I am not trying to make anyone feel bad...
Keeping students engaged at the end of the year can be tough. At this point, they’ve done all the routines and learned all the tricks up your sleeve. They are feeling burnt out, and let’s face it, so are you. Here are five easy...