Two years ago, while browsing at the book store, I was lucky enough to stumble upon an incredible book written for children... "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" I loved the notion of filling a bucket with words of thanks, appreciation and kindness. The opposite, emptying a bucket, occurs when you are not showing kindness, sympathy or understanding to another person. In that situation, you take from your own bucket and the bucket of the person to whom you were unkind. My children last year loved the "bucket Filler" challenge. We had a great time writing compliments to each other in an effort to fill our giant "Class Bucket!" Removing a drop from a bucket was horrific!
I read the "Bucket" book to my newest children early in October. They have been writing compliments and comments on little blue water drops in effort to fill our class bucket with kindness.
In order for the concept of filling buckets to really set in, I am extending the concept to individual buckets. I am still working on a space to hang them...I'll figure it out! I have ordered buckets for every child and will begin the one on one bucket filling as soon as the small buckets arrive!
In the meantime, it would be fun for every family to borrow or buy the book and use the concept of filling or emptying the buckets among family members, friends or for showering new neighbors, classmates, etc. with little kindnesses. I will attach a file with little cut outs that you can use at home! I think you'll love what you see!
Here are three incredible books based on the premise of filling buckets vs. emptying buckets!
Bucket "fillers" show kindness, are generous and giving of themselves. They tend to be fair, honest and helpful. When you see a "bucket filler" you will know it by the smile, the joy in her step and the way he always seems to be available when you need a friend.
Bucket dippers are self absorbed, gossipy and care more about being popular than being kind. They tend to be bullies, followers and fakes. When you see a "dipper," you will know him by the crinkly frown, her bad attitude and an entourage of "birds of a feather...flock together" friends.
Our Room 10 "Bucket Filler" goals are :
To put the feelings of others first.
Fully listen...before speaking
Eliminate confrontations with bullies...silently walk away.
Take responsibility for our own actions.
To celebrate our "sames" and our "differents."
Not to become "fair weather" friends.
- To compliment others for their big and small successes.
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