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Wednesday September 13, 2017 at 10:10am Age: 1 year
Category: Intermediate


There's nothing like a good story to get kids thinking and talking. This week, as they are introduced to the award-winning, “Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids,” third graders are discussing how they, too, can become bucket fillers—and feel happier! 

Bucket filling is a simple yet powerful concept: Everyone carries an invisible bucket that holds our good thoughts and feelings. When our buckets are full, we feel happy. When our buckets are empty, we feel sad.

As Mrs. Klein, school psychologist, and Mrs. Vreeland, school counselor, read the book to third grade classes, they use the imagery of bucket-filling versus bucket-dipping to engage students in a conversation about positive versus negative behaviors.

Bucket-fillers seek to make others feel special with kind words and deeds; bucket-dippers, such as bullies, dip into others’ buckets to take out good feelings and make them feel bad. 

Conversation topics include respect for others and for property in and outside of school, the importance of boundaries and personal space, forms of bullying and how to respond, turning to trusted adults for help, being kind and inclusive, and being ready to learn.

Kids are quick to understand and contribute bucket-filling ideas of their own: “If someone is alone at recess or lunch, you can sit with them.” “If someone is being bullied, you can stand up for them.”

Throughout the year, students will be encouraged and reminded to be bucket fillers, everyday, no matter where they are. Every student will have a paper bucket and try to fill it by earning five stamps for positive behaviors linked to the theme, “We ‘R’ Minisink! Respect, Ready to Learn, Responsible.” Bucket-fillers will be recognized each week over the morning announcements. There is no limit to the number of buckets students can fill. 

"Expert bucket-fillers" say that the effort can make our school, home and community a better place to be. So we can all ask ourselves the question, “Did I fill a bucket today?”