Has your child come home saying he is a bucket filler or that someone helped fill her bucket today? Are you wondering what that means? Let me explain...
It is with great pleasure that I am introducing this to my classroom climate. I learned about a wonderful book and as soon as I read this book, I knew it was the perfect addition to my classroom! Basically is says that we all carry an invisible bucket that contains our feelings. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When our bucket is empty, we feel sad. A bucket filler is someone who says or does nice things for other people. By doing this, they are filling other people's buckets and filling their own bucket at the same time. On the other hand, a bucket dipper says or does things to cause other people to feel bad. A bucket dipper empties their bucket when they say and do mean things.
This book is called Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids and is endearing not only for its message but also for its illustrations. It teaches children the concept of giving back in a light-hearted but appropriate way. The concept of giving to others is named being a "bucket filler". While hurting others, irritating them, or bullying is named being a "bucket dipper". Examples are given so that children can learn ways to help others at home and school. The best message of all is the affirmation that giving not only helps the receiver but the mere act of giving also benefits the giver.
In our classroom, each student has a bucket. Everyone is encouraged to fill the buckets by saying, writing, or showing kind words, compliments or actions to each other. I have always been a strong believer in the importance of building community and being a school family, so this brings my efforts to light in a tangible way. On Fridays, we empty the buckets and read the nice things our friends left for us when they filled our buckets.