When it comes to creating a truly caring classroom, showing your students just what it means to be kind and compassionate to one another is your best tool. You’ll not only inspire them to respect others and express gratitude for friends, family, teachers, and loved ones inside and outside of school, you’ll also help them keep their buckets filled to the brim!
For your students’ collective buckets to fill, modelling the kindness, compassion, and gratitude you want to see in your classroom each day is just the first step. By incorporating read-alouds, fun games, and hands-on activities you’ll help your students see the positive impact kindness will make in their lives and the lives of their classmates. Here are three bucket-filling books and activities to help you create a caring classroom and inspire the kindness, compassion, and gratitude you want to see from your students.
How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids + Classroom Bucket Bulletin Board
This inspiring, bucket-filling tale is one you’ll likely return to over and over throughout the year to remind kids just what it takes to keep their buckets filled and how to respond with compassion to one another’s feelings. While this story is centered around an invisible bucket, consider creating your own collective classroom bucket for you and your students to fill throughout the year, and then meet weekly to reflect upon what it takes as a class to keep that bucket filled.
Whether you use a bulletin board bucket display where students can describe the kind acts they experience—and return to for more bucket-filling inspiration—or use a real, decorated bucket where students can drop notes of gratitude, giving your students the tools to acknowledge and reflect on the kindness, compassion, and gratitude that are now the hallmark of your classroom is an important exercise.