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Bucket Filling

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At Joel School, we use the character development program called ‘Bucket Filling’. Bucket filling is an easy-to-understand concept based on the book Have You Filled A Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud.  Everyone carries an invisible bucket that holds our good thoughts and feelings. When our buckets are full, we feel happy and when our buckets are empty, we feel sad. 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.

In the classroom, we practice filling individual buckets and even have a classroom bucket that we fill that will earn us special treats/rewards when they are full. We participate in centers with the other classes and have a chance to practice filling a bucket every day!

During the 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 program and look forward to your support. You can help your child at being a bucket-filler by talking about the concepts at home. You can praise your child at home when they do something that fills your bucket or someone else’s bucket. .If you would like to learn more about bucket filling, visit the Bucket Fillers website, www.bucketfillers101.com.

Thank you for your support!