Kindergarten Whispers

She whispers softly to her mother while clinging to her leg. “What is it sweetie? Don’t be shy.” Parents and children mill in the drop-off area; children cling to mommy or daddy’s hand. Only a few run around the area: those who are used to this school environment because of an older brother or sister. Whispers abound as the kindergartners look around with wide open eyes. Their uncertainly makes them hold back their high spirits and natural curiosity.

Experience has shown me, however, that these early whispers will change. Once the first day jitters are overcome and the children feel comfortable in their environment, the whispers will transform into voices filled with exuberance. Once their confidence grows, the answers given on the carpet in a large group setting will no longer be softly spoken. Instead, answers will be spoken with assurance and sometimes with humour.

It is not often I hear whispers in my classroom. Instead, I need to remind them to use “indoor voices”.

Five-Minute-Friday-badgeWhen do you hear whispers?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt)


31 thoughts on “Kindergarten Whispers

  1. My daughter is too young for kindergarten yet but this reminded me of her experience with a new Sunday School class room– it takes a little while to warm up to a new environment for both big and little people! 🙂


  2. This is so interesting because I just wrote a post about how my children don’t really whisper but my daughter can by shy with strangers and sometimes refuses to speak at all, hiding behind my husband or myself. The first week of a new Sunday School class or co-op day produces the same kind of reaction in my daughter. Thanks for the remind that it’s only temporary.


  3. Such a sweet story! I love all your stories and your sharing with us about your days/experiences/vision. I want to recognize your blog with a Very Inspirational Blogger Award as you know I’ve been a fan/friend for years. No obligation to participate, but if you manage the time and you would like to, head over to and you will find the instructions there, although I know you’ve done this before. 😉


  4. I was thinking the same thing as thehappyhugger, in that it reminds me of when my children were little, and their first days at school. Well written, Colline.

    Lately, I hear whispers in the wind and rustling through the marshes and the woods. 🙂

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  5. Beautiful impression of a first day for little ones starting out in the world of learning.
    That has to be as it is seen through the eyes of the little ones.


  6. Those first day jitters are memorable and some of us never forget it. I love that the kids in your class have so much fun and need to use their Inside Voice. 😉


  7. Love how you incorporated with first day of school and of growing confidence. Very nicely and cleverly done, Colline.
    I don’t want to answer the question …. it maybe inappropriate … 😀


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