“When our buckets are full, we are happy; when they are empty, we are sad. It is important to know that we can fill our own bucket and so can others. We can dip into buckets too.” – Author, Carol McCloud
Embracing Our Differences partnered with Sarasota County elementary school classrooms to offer a unique reading opportunity to support the importance of creating kindness with "bucket filling" in our classrooms, schools and homes.
“Bucket fillers" are defined as individuals who without being asked, help 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 or 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.
Book selections below are designed to stimulate conversations regarding kindness, appreciation, and love by "filling buckets. Classrooms were "gifted" with a copy of a book below.
Kindergarten: 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.
1st Grade: Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids
This heartwarming 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 will help readers better understand that "bucket dipping" is a negative behavior, not a permanent label. It also explains that it's possible to fill or dip into our own buckets.
2nd grade: Bucket Filling from A to Z
This award-winning book uses the letters of the alphabet to help young and old see the many, simple ways that they can fill buckets and fill their own buckets in return. 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. Teaching and encouraging children to be bucket fillers is one of the greatest gifts you can give to them.
3rd grade: 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 of all ages grow in understanding, kindness, self-control, resilience, empathy, and forgiveness.
Thank you for your support in making this experience available to the children in Sarasota county classrooms. Together, we can make our community a safer and more inviting place for everyone.
For more information, please contact Brenna Wilhm via EMAIL.
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