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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...

Teaching Tips and Tricks

Teaching listening skills at the start of the year is so important it is actually the first social emotional skill that I teach during the year. There are two different important parts to teaching listening: how to show we are listening, and why we...
I know that the end of the year is fast approaching, for some faster than others (like myself… who still has 1 month left of school!). When the end of the year is upon us, we get very excited about summer vacation, but what...
Teachers and parents alike are always looking for ways to prevent the summer slide. We work so hard all year to help our students make progress and then summer happens and… they forget it all! Summer slide is a real thing, but teachers and...
As you start to get ready for back to school, establishing classroom procedures and routines should be in the front of your mind. Decorating your classroom and rearranging the furniture, yes it’s a lot of fun to think about and to do, but it...
Empathy is the hardest social emotional skill for young children to learn because developmentally young children have difficulty taking perspectives. Knowing the developmental stage that young children are in, what does empathy mean to a kindergartener? What does empathy mean to...
Teaching students social emotional skills is so important in every classroom and at every age. Today I’m going to teach you why respect is important in the classroom and how we can teach respect to our young students. What is respect...
Are your students struggling to work or play together? They probably need to learn cooperation. In this blog post I am going to teach you why cooperation is important in the classroom and how you can help your students learn and practice cooperation.
Effective teaching involves routinely tracking student progress. How can teachers be tracking student progress in a way that enhances their instruction, rather than takes away from it? I hope to go through some of my routines and structures that I have set up on...
Children don’t naturally know what the expectations are and how they should follow them. They need to be explicitly taught this. Teachers should be helping kids make good choices by teaching them the difference between expected and unexpected behaviors. When Helping...
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...