Children are inspiring with their sunny outlook on life. Hats off to the kindergartners in California who started a pep talk hotline, ‘peptoc’ for people to call in and get a dose of advice or some good vibes. Thank you to Beth for posting about their hotline. Read on!

I didn't have my glasses on....

The kids at West Side Elementary in Healdsburg, Calif.,

handed out Peptoc hotline cards to help spread the word about the project

Amid a crush of heavy news from around the world, who couldn’t use some sage advice right now?

Call a new hotline, and you’ll get just that — encouraging words from a resilient group of kindergartners.

Kids’ voices will prompt you with a menu of options:

If you’re feeling mad, frustrated or nervous, press 1. If you need words of encouragement and life advice, press 2. If you need a pep talk from kindergartners, press 3. If you need to hear kids laughing with delight, press 4. For encouragement in Spanish, press 5.

Pressing 3 leads to a chorus of kids sounding off a series of uplifting mantras:

“Be grateful for yourself,” offers one student.

“If you’re feeling up high and unbalanced, think of groundhogs,” another chimes…

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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47 Responses to peptoc.

  1. beth says:

    so glad you shared this, Jennie. it is such a great project, and I’m so happy that we continue to share teaching ideas between us, we both still learn every day, just like our students.

  2. Ritu says:

    Oh, My! That is absolutely wonderful!

  3. How wonderfully delightful!! 😍

  4. The Hook says:

    What an inspiring share.
    Thanks, Jennie.

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    Healdsburg is three hours south of us. I am never surprised by the creativity of teachers and the exciting ways they help their children contribute to the world. These are the kinds of lessons that will stay with them their entire lives and foster a sense of community service. My favorite message is, “Bro, you’re looking great.” 🤣

    • Jennie says:

      Like you, I am always excited by teachers and their creativity. This venture is just wonderful, a win-win for the kindergarteners and the callers. The ‘Bro’ is really cool. 😀

  6. Oh my gosh. That sounds so amazing. I love the simple wisdom of children. I can imagine that this made the day of every person who called. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Jennie.

  7. beetleypete says:

    I already left a comment on Beth’s blog.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  8. Thank you. I am also a blogger. I will love to learn how to draw traffic to my blog. Do you have any idea that will be of help?

  9. I’m on my way to read the rest. I’m eager to learn the details of the project!

  10. K.L. Hale says:

    I just love this, Jennie! I had to share it on my blog, too. Hearing their little voices just warms my heart. They are making a difference! And these teachers, just like you and Beth, are “outside of the box heart thinkers!”

  11. Who wouldn’t like to hear the voices of kindergartners! It would make you feel warm and fuzzy all over. So uplifting and a brilliant idea! I’m so far behind right now but I’m glad I at least caught this here. Thanks for sharing and thank Beth too.

  12. Norah says:

    I saw this over at Beths, Jennie. It’s gorgeous.

  13. Ally Bean says:

    I read about this project but didn’t know exactly what the advice was. “If you’re feeling up high and unbalanced, think of groundhogs” is brilliantly pragmatic. What a gem!

  14. Chaymaa says:

    This is wonderful 👏🏻

  15. Jim Borden says:

    this is a great initiative; I wish them continued success with it…

  16. Elizabeth says:

    What a clever and simple idea. I had experienced a similar call with choices from a church, but not from kids.

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