"Fill a Bucket" and "I Pledge To"

"Fill A Bucket" & "I Pledge To . . ."

Kindergarten-Second Grade: Have You Filled A Bucket Today? I have presented the bucketfilling message to all K-2 classrooms. Bucket filling is an easy-to-understand concept: Everyone carries an invisible bucket that holds our good thoughts and feelings. When our buckets are full, we feel happyFilling and when our buckets are empty, we feel sad. When we fill others’ buckets by being kind and loving, we fill our own buckets too!

Children quickly understand that they can fill buckets when they do and say things that are kind, considerate, caring, and respectful. They also learn that when they are mean, inconsiderate, uncaring, or disrespectful, they dip into buckets and remove those good feelings. Even the youngest child understands that actions and words can either fill a bucket or dip into it. During this school year we are encouraging, reminding, and recognizing everyone’s efforts to be bucket fillers at home, at school, and everywhere they go. We are excited about this new program and look forward to your support. If you would like to learn more about bucket filling, visit the Bucket Fillers website,www.bucketfillers101.com.
Third Grade-Fifth Grade:  Pledge to Respect.  In all 3-5 classrooms, students are being asked to make a pledge to respect others.  Be looking for pledges on the bulletin board by the north door.  We discussed how to be kind each day to other students and adults.  Teaching kindness and optimism is a  protective factor against depression and anxiety in children.  As parents and guardians, modeling positive attitudes and positive emotions is very important. Children need to hear parents thinking out loud positively and being determined to persist until a goal is achieved. Using a “can do” problem-solving approach to problems teaches children a sense of power and promise. Express love and gratitude! Emotions such as love and gratitude increase resiliency. Praise should always occur much more often than criticism. Children and adolescents who are cared for, loved, and supported learn to express positive emotions to others. Positive emotions buffer kids against negative reactions to adversity.