36 episodes

Are you an overworked or overwhelmed kindergarten teacher? Or maybe you're just a kindergarten teacher looking for fresh, new ideas. You are in the right place. The Kindergarten Cafe podcast will share weekly tips and tricks to help you save time, work smarter (not harder) and support students with engaging and purposeful lessons. I'm here to help you with everything you need from arrival to dismissal. Let's get started!

Kindergarten Cafe Podcast Zeba McGibbon

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 26 Ratings

Are you an overworked or overwhelmed kindergarten teacher? Or maybe you're just a kindergarten teacher looking for fresh, new ideas. You are in the right place. The Kindergarten Cafe podcast will share weekly tips and tricks to help you save time, work smarter (not harder) and support students with engaging and purposeful lessons. I'm here to help you with everything you need from arrival to dismissal. Let's get started!

    35. 10 Movement Breaks for the End of the Year

    35. 10 Movement Breaks for the End of the Year

    We have come to that time of year where attention spans are few and far between. Curriculum is wrapping up and we find extra time in our day with highly energized kiddos. In this episode I want to discuss the importance of movement breaks for engaging kindergarten students, especially towards the end of the school year. I provide you with various activities, songs and games to keep your students moving and engaged. These movement breaks are great for creating a dynamic learning environment that you can implement in your classroom.
    In this episode I share:Stand Up, Sit DownShakedown Movement BreakI Spy and Scavenger HuntFreezeAnd many more!!
    Related Blog Posts:The Best Kindergarten End of year Activities and Tips

    Resources Mentioned:Mindfulness Moves FreebieKindergarten Morning Meeting ActivitiesGoNoodlePE with Mr. GJack HartmanKooKoo Kangaroo

    Connect with Zeba:Instagram - @kindergartencafeFacebook - @kindergartencafeWebsite - www.kindergartencafe.orgTik Tok - @kindergartencafe
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    • 20 min
    34. Easy Engagement Strategies

    34. Easy Engagement Strategies

    In this episode of Kindergarten Cafe, I share effective strategies for maintaining student engagement during lessons, particularly as the school year progresses. I provide practical tools and tips for teachers to use when students show signs of losing focus. You can enhance engagement by adjusting volume, speech speed, and incorporating interactive elements like singing and actions into lessons for a more dynamic learning experience.
    Encouraging active participation through techniques such as turn and talk exercises and student-led discussions can foster collaboration and deepen understanding among students. Balancing teacher-led instruction with opportunities for student dialogue is key to creating a stimulating and inclusive classroom environment. By implementing these strategies, you can create more engaging and impactful learning experiences that empower students to take ownership of their learning journey.
    In this episode I share:Engaging Strategies for End-of-Year AttentionThe Power of Volume and Speed ChangesChanting and Singing for EngagementAdding Actions to Enhance Direction UnderstandingBringing Drama into Instruction for EngagementUtilizing Turn and Talk Strategy for EngagementEncouraging Student Participation in Lessons

    Related Blog Posts:5 Ways to Keep Students Engaged at the End of the Year

    Connect with Zeba:Instagram - @kindergartencafeFacebook - @kindergartencafeWebsite - www.kindergartencafe.orgTik Tok - @kindergartencafe

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    • 17 min
    33. Creating a Child - Centered Classroom with Holly from Research and Play

    33. Creating a Child - Centered Classroom with Holly from Research and Play

    In this episode, I have my teacher friend, Holly, from Research and Play on the Kindergarten Cafe Podcast. We explore the significance of purposeful classroom setup, focusing on child-centered approaches including the Reggio Emilia method. Holly stresses designing rather than decorating the classroom, using natural materials to stimulate learning. We also discuss challenges in shifting to student-centric designs, encouraging student involvement in creating the environment. Holly offers resources like her TPT bundles and an upcoming course on Research-Based Space. 
    In this episode I share:What it means to be child-centeredClassroom design vs classroom decorRole of the environment in Reggio ApproachResources for Child-Centered Classroom Design

    Connect with Holly:Instagram - @researchandplayWebsite - research-and-play.comThe Research-Based Space CourseCo-Created, Student Made Classroom Decor Bundle

    Connect with Zeba:Instagram - @kindergartencafeFacebook - @kindergartencafeWebsite - www.kindergartencafe.orgTik Tok - @kindergartencafe

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    • 30 min
    32. Stress-Free End of the Year Tips

    32. Stress-Free End of the Year Tips

    Join me in this episode for strategies on ending the school year stress-free. Keep students engaged with choices and themed days. I also provide many tips to help you prepare for the next year by decluttering and communicating with parents. Cherish moments with students and share this episode with fellow teachers for more tips.
    In this episode I share:End of the Year TipsKeeping Kids Engaged with ActivitiesEngaging Students Through ChoicesExcitement with Theme DaysUtilizing Extra Time WiselyPreparing for a Fresh Start…and much more!
    Related Blog Posts:End of the Year Theme Days!My Favorite Theme Day - Board Game Day
    Resources Mentioned:End of Year Digital Social StoryEnd of Kindergarten Summer PacketEnd of Year Writing Prompts & Memory Book!Theme Days BUNDLE!

    Connect with Zeba:Instagram - @kindergartencafeFacebook - @kindergartencafeWebsite - www.kindergartencafe.orgTik Tok - @kindergartencafe
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    • 25 min
    31. Strategies for Teaching English Learners

    31. Strategies for Teaching English Learners

    In this episode of the Kindergarten Cafe podcast, we explore the topic of supporting multilingual learners in the classroom. We highlight the importance of fostering strong relationships and creating a safe environment for these students. Strategies such as using gestures, visuals, and pair work are discussed to help newcomers feel included and comfortable. We stress the significance of understanding and supporting students as they navigate their language acquisition journey. Teaching methods like vocabulary cards, repetition, and visual aids are examined to enhance language development. It is crucial to provide a supportive and encouraging space for students to thrive. 
    In this episode I share:The importance of supporting english language learnersTeaching vocabulary to english language learnersUsing sentence starters for english learnersEncouraging reading development in english learnersThe impact of patience and encouragement on english learners

    Learn more:Supporting English Language LearnersFun and Easy Kindergarten Vocabulary Activities

    Resources:Writing Support for English Learners

    Connect with Zeba:Instagram - @kindergartencafeFacebook - @kindergartencafeWebsite - www.kindergartencafe.orgTik Tok - @kindergartencafe

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    • 18 min
    30. Earth Day Magic in Kindergarten

    30. Earth Day Magic in Kindergarten

    In this episode of Kindergarten Cafe, I discuss the significance of Earth Day. I share how I incorporate Earth Day activities into my classroom to teach students about environmental awareness and taking action to care for the planet. From observing nature and cleaning up litter to planting and creating art projects with earth-friendly messages, I provide engaging and purposeful ideas for celebrating Earth Day with students.
    In this episode I share:Importance of Teaching Environmental AwarenessClassroom Activities for Earth DayEncouraging Action Through Creative ProjectsEarth Day Crowns and Stories
    Resources Mentioned:Earth Day!

    Earth Day Books:There are lots of other books that are great for Earth Day activities. For your convenience I have them linked to my Amazon affiliate store.
     The Earth Book by Todd Parr Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers – it’s a little long but beautifully written.Earth Day Every Day by Lisa Bullard has some nice ideas for taking care of the earth.Jen Green series: – Why Should I Recycle? – Why Should I Protect Nature? – Why Should I Save Water? – Why Should I Save Energy?What Does It Mean to Be Green? By Rana DiOrio10 Things I Can Do To Help My World by Melanie Walsh
    There are also some great videos and songs your students will love!
    Harry Kindergarten – “We’re Going Green”Jack Hartmann “Recycle”GoNoodle (you need a free educator account to access this) has a Think About It mindfulness video on taking care of the earth.BrainPop Jr. (a paid resource) has a video called Reduce, Reuse, Recycle that would be perfect for Earth Day.

    Connect with Zeba:Instagram - @kindergartencafeFacebook - @kindergartencafeWebsite - www.kindergartencafe.orgTik Tok - @kindergartencafe

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    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

heatherjeanmusic ,

My Favorite Kindergarten Podcast!

As a 2nd year kindergarten teacher, I absolutely love this podcast! Zeba consistently produces great content that is exactly what I need, when I need it. Her podcasts are fun to listen to and super informative. I look forward to new episodes every Thursday!

A Seasoned Teacher ,

A huge blessing. To Kindergarten teachers

I don’t listen to many podcasts, but The Kindergarten Cafe has me nodding my head in agreement! As a veteran K teacher, I agree wholeheartedly with Zeba and the knowledge she shares. Her podcasts are a must for any K teacher out there-new or seasoned!

Amw021 ,

Super helpful for understanding kindergarten!

This podcast is packed full with so much helpful information for any kindergarten teacher! Love getting advice from someone who gets what kindergarten is all about

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