Embracing Our Differences, in partnership with Manatee and Sarasota County school districts, will again offer a unique classroom reading opportunity during the 2020-2021 school year promoting kindness though "bucket filling" in our schools, homes and communities.
Please check back in August for the fall 2020 Bucket Fillers Reading Day classroom and volunteer sign-ups.
The selections below are designed to promote kindness, appreciation and love by "filling buckets." Participating classrooms will be gifted with a copy of a book below.
Fill A Bucket This award-winning prequel to Have You Filled a Bucket Today? is the perfect gift for anyone with little ones they love. When children have their buckets filled and learn how they can fill other people's buckets too, they understand how special, valuable, and capable they are.
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids This book encourages positive behavior by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show children how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation and love by "filling buckets." This book also helps readers understand that "bucket dipping" is a negative behavior, not a permanent label, and that it's possible to fill or dip into our own buckets.
Bucket Filling from A to Z This book uses the letters of the alphabet to help young and old see the many, simple ways they can fill others buckets while also filling their own. When you help children become bucket fillers, you give them the key to happiness, for it is in friendship, love and good will to others that we are truly happy. Yes, bucket filling is the moment by moment choice to be kind and caring.
Buckets, Dippers and Lids: Secrets to Your Happiness We “use our lid” to protect and keep the happiness inside our bucket. Offering charming illustrations with personified buckets, dippers and lids, readers learn what gives happiness, what takes it away and what protects it. This concrete concept helps children grow in understanding, kindness, self-control, resilience, empathy and forgiveness.
Additionally, all participating students will receive their very own copy of either My Very Own Bucket Filling from A to Z Coloring Book (Kindergarten & First Grade) or My Bucket filling Journal: 30 Days to a Happier Life (Second & Third Grade).
“Bucket filling" is when individuals, without being asked, give compliments and spread good feelings to others. The Bucket Fillers’ books are heartwarming stories that encourage positive behavior by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show children how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation and love by “filling buckets.”
People who "dip" into our buckets often rob us of happy feelings by refusing to help with a task or by saying and doing cruel things. The simple metaphor of a bucket helps all age-levels understand the importance of consideration and love, particularly towards those who bully.
One way to promote kindness and caring behaviors in classrooms is to model them. When we show our students what it looks and sounds like to be kind, there is a far greater chance they will repeat those modeled behaviors and value themselves and each other while being helpful and compassionate classmates.
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