Bucket Fillers Reading Day Goes Virtual

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Registration Deadline - Monday, October 5, 2020

Teacher Registration Volunteer Registration

Embracing Our Differences, in partnership with Manatee and Sarasota County school districts and the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County, will offer a unique classroom virtual reading opportunity during the 2020-2021 school year promoting kindness though "bucket filling" in early learning centers and kindergarten through third grade classrooms.

  • All volunteers will read to students virtually this year whether students are in classrooms and/or meeting virtually.

  • NEW! Teachers who plan to combine classes for their virtual reading need only fill out one registration form. (Students do not need to be in the same physical space; the reading can happen "virtually" in both classrooms at the same time if desired.)

  • Classroom, student and volunteer books will still be distributed via methods consistent with individual district re-opening plans and CDC guidelines.

  • Sarasota Virtual School and eLearning Manatee classrooms are welcome to participate.

Book Selections

The selections below are designed to promote kindness, appreciation and love by "filling buckets."

Each participating classroom, as well as each student, will be gifted with a copy of the book selected for their grade:

Kindergarten and Early Learning Centers
Fill A Bucket: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Young Children 
(Birth - Age 7) Children learn that everyone is born with an invisible bucket that holds your happiness. When we’re little, other people filled our buckets. Now we can fill buckets in many ways too!  Children learn how special, valuable, and capable they are.

First Grade
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids
 (Ages 4 - 9) The original bucket filling book that uses the concept of a bucket and dipper to encourage positive behavior and discourage negative behavior. Children see how fun, easy, and rewarding it is to express kindness and love by "filling buckets."

Second Grade
Bucket Filling from A to Z: The Key to Being Happy (Ages 4 - 9) Using the letters of the alphabet and rhyming prose, children learn many ways they can fill other people’s buckets while also filling their own. Because friendship, kindness, love and goodwill toward others is what makes us truly happy, children see that filling buckets leads to a happier you!

Third Grade
Buckets, Dippers and Lids: Secrets to Your Happiness (Ages 7 and up) Through the concepts of a bucket, dipper, and lid, children learn what gives happiness, what takes it away, and what protects it. This concrete concept helps children grow in kindness, self-control, resilience, empathy, and forgiveness.

About Bucket Fillers Reading Day

The Bucket Fillers’ books use the concept of an invisible bucket to encourage positive behavior and warm hearts. Each book shows children how rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love to others. As children learn to “fill bucket” by giving compliments, offering to help, and spreading good feelings to others, they see that their buckets are filled in return. 

People who "dip" into our buckets,  by refusing to help with a task or by saying and doing cruel things, often rob us of happy feelings. Children learn that “bullying” and “bucket dipping” are action verbs, not labels we put on others. The simple metaphor of a bucket helps all age-levels understand the importance of consideration and love, particularly towards those who bully.

Social-Emotional Skills Learned That Lead to Greater Happiness:

  1. Be a bucket filler. Be kind. You fill a bucket by sharing kindness, love, or even a simple smile with those around you. Be a helper; be a good friend and you'll fill your own bucket as well as the buckets of everyone you meet. 
  2. Do your best not to dip or be mean. Don't be rude or cruel to others. People who bully often have empty buckets themselves. Showing off or seeking attention by dipping into someone else’s bucket won't fill your own.
  3. Use your lid. Every bucket has a lid because sometimes you need to protect your happiness and the happiness of others. Use your lid to protect yourself and others from hurtful words and actions. Don't let mean ideas sneak into your bucket of positive thoughts and emotions. 

About The Author

Venice, Florida author Carol McCloud, a.k.a. the “Bucket Lady,” enjoys teaching people of all ages, all over the world, how to be happy. The secret: “Be a Bucket Filler. Be Kind.” She’s undertaken a “mission for meaningful happiness” with the help of her small team at her company, Bucket Fillers, Inc., which was founded in 2006.

A graduate of Oakland University’s School of Education and Human Services, in Rochester, Michigan, Carol spent 20 years in education as a teacher, youth mentor, and early education director. As Adjunct Professor for the Florida Keys Community College in the 1990s, Carol taught early childhood classes and served as president of the local NAEYC affiliate. It was during those years that Carol first learned about the “bucket” concept. Read More.

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