The purpose of “Bucket Filling” is to improve social & emotional learning. It is based on a simple concept where we each have an invisible bucket with the singular purpose of holding good thoughts and feelings about ourselves. It comes from the popular children’s book ‘Have You Filled a Bucket Today?’ by Carol McCloud.
A bucket filler is someone who shows positive character traits (kind, considerate, caring, respectful). Bucket Fillers fill both their own and others’ buckets when they do and say things that are kind, considerate, caring, and respectful. Conversely, if a person is unkind or hurtful, they are referred to as “Bucket Dippers”. Like Bucket Fillers, Bucket Dippers dip into both their own bucket and others’ buckets when they choose to be mean or hurtful to others. This simple yet profound concept teaches children that actions and words affect both ourselves and others.
During this school year we are encouraging, reminding, and recognising everyone’s efforts to be bucket fillers at home, at school, and everywhere they go. As parents, you can help reinforce this by discussing this further with your child and using some of the terminology (bucket fillers, bucket dippers) discussed in this newsletter.
You might like to use this concept at home too to encourage siblings (and parents?!) to be more positive and fill each other’s “buckets” with compliments and positive comments.