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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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5 Easy things to prepare for next school year

I know that the end of the year is fast approaching, for some faster than others (like myself… who still has 1...

3 Simple Ways to Prevent the Summer Slide

Teachers and parents alike are always looking for ways to prevent the summer slide. We work so hard all year to help...

How to Teach Classroom Procedures and Routines

As you start to get ready for back to school, establishing classroom procedures and routines should be in the front of your...

What does Empathy Mean to a Kindergartener?

Empathy is the hardest social emotional skill for young children to learn because developmentally young children have difficulty taking perspectives. Knowing the...

Easy, Peasy, Pizza Dramatic Play Center

Students love changing out the dramatic play center and one of my students’ favorites is a pizza dramatic play center! They love...

Social Emotional Learning and Supports

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.
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...
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...
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...
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.