At Leslie Frost Public School we celebrated the “Day of Kindness” using the book, “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” We found this story to be effective in helping our students understand the consequences that their actions have on others. The book explains to children that we all carry an invisible bucket in which we keep our feelings about ourselves. When our buckets are full, we are happy; when they are empty, we are sad. It’s important to know that we can fill our own bucket and so can others. We can also dip into other people’s buckets.
What are bucket fillers? “Bucket fillers” are those who help without being asked, give hugs and compliments, and generally spread their love and good feelings to others. The simple metaphor of a bucket helps even preschoolers understand the importance of consideration and caring.
What are bucket dippers? “Bucket dippers” rob us of happy feelings by refusing to help with a task or by saying or doing cruel things. When talking to your child about things they have done we encourage you to use the language of “were you being a bucket dipper or a bucket filler”. If they have made a poor choice ask them what they could do to fix their mistake and be a “bucket filler” next time.
Our junior and intermediate students demonstrated their leadership skills as they guided our younger primary students in a variety of social skills activities.