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...

Social Emotional Learning and Supports

The secret to good teaching? Finding those teachable moments and running with them. Good social-emotional instruction involves a balance of preventative instruction with responsive instruction. Today, I’m going to show you how to turn those misbehaviors in the classroom into responsive teachable moments.
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...
Many students this year will need support with anxious feelings. In this previous blog post, we learned about what anxiety is, where it comes from, how it might appear in students, and books for children about anxiety. Today, I am going to teach you...
Last week, I introduced anxiety and the differences between typical anxieties and anxiety disorders. You may be looking for more resources to support students with anxiety and I am here to help! I have gathered up my favorite books for teaching about worries, modeling...
As we go back to school, we should expect that many students will have some anxieties. We all are! Students will be worried about getting sick or someone in their family getting sick. These worries may appear in different ways for different students. It...
A lot of social emotional learning for kindergarten is learning what are the expected choices for school and what are some unexpected choices. Students learn this throughout the whole year from your modeling and explicit teaching of routines. They also learn this through consequences...
Behavior management is probably the hardest thing for teachers to learn and it is rarely taught in pre-service programs. Or, even if it is taught, it usually does not prepare you for each future child’s individual behavior. I have a blog post all on...
I love teaching social-emotional skills to my students – it’s probably the content I am most passionate about. I have divided up the year into 11 different social emotional kindergarten themes, about one focus per month.  They can be done in any order, but...
Social-emotional learning is such an important part of our jobs as classroom teachers and can easily be pushed aside with all of the other curricular demands. One of the best ways to teach social emotional skills is to use mentor texts. Whether these are...