Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

bucket cover

Are you familiar with this book?  Until today, I had heard about it but never read it.  This book encourages positive behavior and shows children see how important it is to express daily kindness, appreciation, and kindness.  Bucket filling is a really great analogy for understanding the cause and effects of our actions and words towards others.  The book tells us that everyone has an invisible bucket that we carry around with us everywhere we go.  It says that the bucket has one purpose and that is to hold all of the good feelings and thoughts about yourself.  When you are happy, it is full and when you are sad it is empty.  To make the bucket work, you need other people to fill your bucket and other people need you to fill theirs.  To do this, you just need to show kindness and love to each other.  BUT, you can be a bucket dipper as well.  Bucket dippers do mean things and make others feel bad.  You don’t want to be a bucket dipper, but if you practice very hard, you can become a great bucket filler.

Today, I received this book with a lovely letter from a parent of one of my students.  She definitely filled my bucket with her kind words.  I cannot wait to read the book to my class, tell them about their buckets and think of ways that we can fill them!

have you filled a bucket

My Jelly Bellies for the day: (jelly bellies are moments in my day that give me an extra boost of happiness)

  • this book was one for sure!
  • a bag of goodies to use with my students from a workshop I attended this afternoon
  • hearing that my son did a good deed today for someone when he retrieved her phone out of a sewer (gross I know,  but he had the smallest hands).
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2 thoughts on “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

  1. Lindsay Forsythe January 31, 2013 at 2:01 pm Reply

    Yay! We have this book, I was hoping you had or would read it in class.

    • clairesinclair January 31, 2013 at 4:42 pm Reply

      I cannot believe I had not read it sooner. I love it!

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