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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Remote Teaching: What I Will and Won’t Miss

I’ve been teaching remotely for almost a full year… I have just a few weeks left. Many said it couldn’t be done...

My Favorite Theme Day – Board Game Day

With the end of the year approaching, I can’t help but get excited for my favorite theme day for the whole year...

End of the Year Writing Prompts

With the end of the year approaching, I like to think about what end of the year writing prompts I can provide...

Why I Don’t Do A Countdown for Summer

I’ve been there - so desperate for summer that I start counting down the days. In fact, I do this every year....

5 Ways to Keep Students Engaged at the End of the Year

Keeping students engaged at the end of the year can be tough. At this point, they’ve done all the routines and learned...

Distance and Digital Teaching

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....
If you have been remote teaching like me, you might be bored of the same zoom activities over and over again. Or, maybe you are transitioning from hybrid to remote and need some activity ideas. Well, I’ve got you covered! Here are my new...
This summer, I wrote about the crisis of education and how educators everywhere were feeling. I still can’t believe the number of teachers who reached out to me or shared my post and said that they were feeling the exact same way as me....
It’s all over the news and all over Facebook. It’s all I hear at parent-teacher conferences. “Our children are falling behind.” “We need testing to see how far behind our children are.” “How far behind is my child?” Let me be very clear. Many...
I think as teachers we are pretty comfortable with providing choices for students in our traditional classrooms, and we understand the importance of choices. Children need choices to feel a sense of ownership over their schoolwork and decisions. Children are stretching their independence and...
I am new to Google Classroom this year and have been trying out different strategies to make it easy to use for me and my students. This year, I have been asked to teach 3rd grade, so my experience with Google Classroom is with...
It is so important to teach our students self-regulation strategies, but it is even more important this year. Students need to be taught these strategies and have the chance to practice them before they are needed. When a child is in an emotional crisis,...
Learning at home is very different than learning at school and we need to support our students to do their best in this new environment. We can use strategies we already use in the classroom and share them with students and families to help...
With this new way of teaching, whether you are in-person or on a computer, you may be wondering how to make sure we are supporting students where they are with their literacy development. I am here to help! window.addEventListener('LPLeadboxesReady',function(){LPLeadboxes.addDelayedLeadbox('dzM3qhe5yNSQQhtoNvQy78',{delay:'100s',views:0,dontShowFor:'3d',domain:'kindergartencafe.lpages.co'});});
I have learned a lot this year about this new way of teaching on a computer. There are so many technologies available to us, but in order to really use them effectively, we need to learn how to use them with purpose.  I have...