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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...

Teaching Tips and Tricks

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...
We’ve all been there. Coming back from break ready to start teaching right where you left off with your students who have been in school for almost one hundred days. They should be experts at this point. But guess what, they’ve forgotten all the...
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...
(SHARE 3/3) Kindergarten spring break is on the way, and you might be thinking how best to help your students not to forget every single thing you’ve already taught them this year.  I love sending home a kindergarten spring break packet with my students...
One of the most important things we can do as teachers of young children is teaching problem solving strategies to our students. Not only is this a critical social emotional skill for them to learn, but it will also help alleviate problems for you...
Of course, we don’t want our students to give up when assignments get hard, but what is persistence and how do I teach it to our students? I have a few easy tricks to teach your students what is persistence and why we need...
One of the important social emotional skills for children to develop is a strong sense of self. We want our students to have a positive self-image and feel good about who they are. For some students, this is an easy task. However, I have...
We always want what is best for our students, and some students just need more practice than what we can provide during the school day. Enter the kindergarten home support bag. Kindergarten home support bags have definitely helped many of my students and their...
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!