• Bucket Fillers

     
     
    I am excited to announce that:
     
    We will be Bucket Fillers this year at Harvey Brown Elementary!
     
    What is a "Bucket Filler?"
     
    The idea of Bucket Fillers was originally based on Dr. Donald O. Clifton's metaphor of the "Bucket" and the "Dipper." The first person to then bring this idea to the school setting was Merrill Lundgren, who became known as "The Bucket Man." Several books have since been written about bucket fillers. The children's book Have You Filled a Bucket Today: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud is based on this concept. 
     
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    The premise of the book is the idea that we all carry an invisible bucket that contains our feelings. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When our bucket is empty, we feel sad. A bucket filler is someone who says or does nice things for other people. By doing so, they are filling other people's buckets and filling their own bucket at the same time. On the other hand, a bucket dipper says or does things to cause other people to feel bad which causes their bucket to empty. In doing so, a bucket dipper empties their own bucket when they say and do mean things.
     
    True Bucketfilling StoriesIn our classroom, each student will have a bucket. Everyone is encouraged to fill the buckets by writing kind words and compliments to each other. At the end of the week, we will empty the buckets and read the nice things our friends left for us when they filled our buckets.

    Another book that was recommended on the subject was written by the Bucket Man's daughter, Stacey Lundgren. It is called True Bucketfilling Stories: Legacies of Love is a collection of ten true short stories of bucketfilling, and is intended for children age 9-12.

     
    I would like to THANK our campus leadership, Mrs. LeBlanc, Mr. Nuetzmann and counselors, Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Kirk who are helping to promote "Bucket Filling" on our campus. This is the first year that we will all put this concept in to action and I look forward to seeing what this positive program will bring to our campus, students and staff! I would also like to send a special "Shout Out" to Mrs. Deby Lazarov for introducting me to the concept of "Bucket Filling" and for sending me to Beth Newingham's website for many great ideas! Click Here to see Beth Newingham's Bucket Filling article on Scholastic.com. Also, please check out the following video to see the idea in action.  
     
     
     
    The Bucket-Filling school program has several CURRICULUM GOALS:

    1. To teach children how to reach out and express love, respect and appreciation to others

    2. To help children become other-centered rather than self-centered

    3. To help children express their feelings (good and bad) in a healthy manner

    4. To help children understand where their feelings come from and how to protect their feelings from being hurt

    5. To establish a framework for more constructive words and actions and less bullying

    6. To create more positive home and school environments

    CONCEPTS LEARNED:

    Bucket Filling (showing love, respect and kindness for others)

    Bucket Dipping (bullying)
     
    As we get this program under way, please be sure to ask your child about all
    of the great things going into the buckets of their classmates!!