Bucket Filling

Some of you may have heard teachers or your child mention “bucket filling.” This is a strategy we’re implementing to help children be more self-aware and to make positive, kind choices, especially towards one another. We’ve already noticed children note actions as bucket filling or bucket dipping! This newsletter is to help define the concept and provide ways you could implement it at home.

*The “bucket” represents your mental and emotional self.
*Everyone carries an invisible bucket that holds our good thoughts and feelings. When our bucket is full, we feel positive emotions and when our buckets are empty, we feel negative emotions.
*Everyone can bucket fill or bucket dip.
*Bucket filling happens when you do and say things that are kind, considerate, caring, and respectful to others. You can fill someone’s bucket by doing something as small as a sincere smile, to something big like helping someone build a house!
*Bucket dipping happens when you are mean, inconsiderate, uncaring, and disrespectful to others.
*When you fill someone’s bucket, it fills yours too! When you dip from someone else’s bucket, you’re also dipping from yours.
*You can encourage your children by pointing out when actions are bucket filling or dipping.
example: “You helped your dad take out the trash, you’re filling his bucket!”
“When you ran away from me instead of listening to my words, that was bucket dipping. What a bummer for us both.”

You can point out bucket filling and bucket dipping behavior in ANY book you read! You could also talk about how characters in the books could change their choices to bucket filling. Here are a list of some books you could try:

The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza), by, Philomen Sturges
No! David, by, David Shannon
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon, by, Patty Lovell
Mean Jean, the Recess Queen, by, Alexis O’Neill & Laura Huliska-Beith
One, by, Kathryn Othoshi
The Grumpy Morning, by, Pamela Duncan Edwards
No Biting, Horrible Crocodile!, by, Jonathan Shipton
The Playground Problem, by, Margaret McNamara
Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock, retold by, Eric A. Kimmel
No Sleep for the Sheep!, by, Karen Beaumont
Chrysanthemum, by, Kevin Henkes
The Rainbow Fish, by, Marcus Pfister
A Bad Case of Stripes, by, David Shannon
Interrupting Chicken, by, David Ezra Stein
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, by, Mem Fox
Yo! Yes?, by, Chris Raschka
Horton Hears a Who, by, Dr. Seuss
The Sandwich Swap, by Rania Al Abdullah
The Great Fuzz Frenzy, by, Janet Stevens
Room on the Broom, by, Julia Donaldson
The Hallo-wiener, by Dav Pilkey
Llama Llama Time to Share, by, Anna Dewdney
Farmer Duck, by, Martin Waddell
A Weekend with Wendell, by, Kevin Henkes
Yoko, by, Rosemary Wells
Big Al, by, Andrew Clements