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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...

Social Emotional Learning and Supports

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.
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...