Bucket Filler Program
This is a new character education program that I have implemented in our classroom. Several books have been written about bucket fillers. Carol McCloud wrote a book called "Have You Filled A Bucket Today? (A Guide to Daily Happiness For Kids)". The foundation 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 this, they are filling other people's buckets and filling their own bucket at the same time.
The opposite of a bucket filler is a bucket dipper. This is a person who says or does things to cause other people to feel bad. A bucket dipper empties their bucket when they say and do mean things.
In our classroom, we will be reading the different books listed on this page to teach the students in my classroom to be good citizens who care for and respect each other. This will be reinforced daily by use of the Bucket Filler Program. Each student will have a bucket on our Bucket Filler bulletin board. When a student fills a classmate's invisible bucket, both the bucket filler and the person whose bucket was filled get to add a pom-pom to their buckets. During some extra time in the day, I will ask students to share their bucket-filling stories with their classmates as a way of building community in our classroom.
For more information on the Bucket Fillers please click on the link below:
Have you filled someone’s bucket today?
Bucket Filler Program Books