Here is some insight into kindergarten kindness from our kindergarten teacher, Kari Strandstra.
If you were to spend a day in the NUA Sparrow kindergarten, you would hear the term “bucket- filling” being uttered from many of the children. This term, although sounding a bit odd, is a positive way that children visualize and express their feelings.
It all stems from a book called, Have You Filled a Bucket Today – A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids, by Carol McCloud. The book says that we all carry an invisible bucket with us. When we feel happy and loved, our bucket is full. When we are sad and upset, our bucket is empty. During the day, our bucket fluctuates according to our interactions and experiences.
When you give love and do nice things for people you fill buckets. The children can visualize these buckets and how they are being filled. My kids say examples of bucket- filling are:
- Giving a smile
- Making something for someone
- Helping someone up when they are hurt
- Helping someone out with something tricky
- Giving a hug when someone feels sad
- Sweet words
- Complimenting someone
- Spending time together
- Saying, “I Love You”
The book explains that when we give love to others, our buckets also fill. We feel good when we make others feel good.
There are times when people “bucket-dip” and make others feel bad. When people bucket dip, they make themselves feel bad, too. We try never to be “bucket- dippers.”
As bucket-fillers, we recognize the positive ways we treat each other. A “bucket- filler” shows respect and appreciation for others by displaying acts of kindness, manners, and having the willingness to help others. We know that we can make others feel good and bring joy to their life.
Many times, I hear from parents that their children talk about bucket-filling at home. It is evident that the children connect to the idea and internalize it. It is also great to hear how the students are teaching their brothers and sisters how to bring more love and joy to each other.
In Hummingbird Haven Kindergarten, the children are proud to be “bucket-fillers”. We take time each day to express bucket-filling moments and to express gratitude for the kindness and love shown to each other. At the end of the day, we ask ourselves, “Did we fill a bucket today?”
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