Classroom Counseling Lessons
Dear GTECC Parent(s)/Guardian(s),
During the students’ April counseling lesson, we read the book, “How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids” by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer. This heartwarming book encourages positive behavior as children see how rewarding it is to express daily kindness and appreciation.
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. When we are happy and good to others, our buckets become full. When we are sad or unkind to others, our buckets become empty. Bucket Fillers fill both their own and others’ buckets. 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. When using these books as teaching tools, children quickly understand that they can fill buckets when they do and say things that are kind, considerate, caring, and respectful as well as dip into buckets and remove those good feelings if they choose to do and say things that are hurtful. 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 recognizing 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. If you would like to learn more about bucket filling, there are several websites that expand on this concept. One website you can visit is the Bucket Fillers website, www.bucketfillers101.com which even offers a free weekly e-newsletter for parents and teachers.
Mrs. Krupa, School Counselor
Please feel free to call me at any time concerning your child or with any concerns that may affect child’s adjustment to school (i.e., separation, divorce, death of a loved one- including pets, bus issues, anxiety).