How Full is Your Bucket?
Recently, I noticed an interesting sign posted on a second grade classroom door in my daughter's school. It said, "How Full Is Your Bucket Today?"
I was curious about this and asked the classroom teacher for more details.
The teacher told me about the book, How Full is Your Bucket by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer.
The class was taking lessons from the book and implementing the wonderful message into their daily classroom. I just had to read the book!
About the Book
The book is about a little boy named Felix. As he goes about his day at home and school he has several interactions with family, friends and school peers. His grandfather mentions to him, after a bad interaction with his younger sister, about the metaphor of the 'invisable bucket'. The 'bucket' is filled when you are feeling great, it's depleted when your feeling grumpy or sad. The book details how Felix himself is affecting others, whether he wants to or not.
The Moral of the Story
The special moral to this story is how we relate to others has a profound effect on every aspect of our lives. This is a perfect book for children in early elementary school when kids are truly trying on behaviors for size and this book will give them something to think about when they are testing these behaviors. It's a special metaphor about understanding how our actions impact others.
Start a Bucket Brigade at Your School
The classroom I encountered is doing a great thing for its student. Encouraging children to understand how each individual has the influence on others to make them feel good or bad during the course of a day together. The class I mentioned has actual buckets for the children to place notes in.
The notes are complimenting another student about something positive they saw them do during the day. As the children get older, they will transfer the physical bucket to an invisible one, and perhaps go about their lives with compassion, grace and courtesy for others.
How Full is Your Bucket for Kids is available by Scholastic and on Amazon.
What a great way to instill positive mind set thinking in kids at a young age. This is so important, especially with the impact of social media in the lives of our children. Helping children to understand how they have the ability to affect not only their lives, but the lives of those around them, through their mindset and actions creates connectors and healthy habits that they can carry through with them into their adult lives.