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From the Publisher:
Do you know you have an invisible bucket which is filled with all of your good thoughts and feelings? If you’re new to the concepts of bucket filling and bucket dipping, then this award-winning book is for you. This sequel to Have You Filled a Bucket Today? features easy-to-read chapters, colorful illustrations, and daily questions to help readers become better bucket fillers and give them the tools to live a life filled with happiness.
This title uses the metaphor of a bucket filled with positive feelings to show how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love on a daily basis. It teaches that we all have buckets and that our actions and interactions affect those around us. It also suggests that we fill/dip into our own buckets by using positive/negative thoughts and words about ourselves.
The book is an effective way to show/teach children that our actions and words affect others. It is a basic and powerful title about character development and the impact (both positive and negative) that our words and actions have on those around us, as well as on ourselves.
This edition for older kids is divided into topic-specific chapters that makes it easy to follow for a front-to back read, as well as enabling a situation-specific reference (cheating, name-calling, etc.), if needed. The book introduces the concept of “lids” to protect the contents of your bucket:
When someone dips into your bucket, your lid controls how much is taken out. Your lid is the thoughtful, clear-thinking part of yourself that protects what’s inside your bucket. Your lid allows you to understand that when other people are uncaring or mean to anyone, they are the ones who have the problem (p. 41 & 42).
There are clear headings and sections are succinct and utilize lists, bullets, etc.
The titles in this series are great to use with kids – there are three other simplified versions (one for babies, one for older toddlers and one for kids aged 4 – 8). It would be a great support to use with children who are impulsive, struggling with bullying behaviours, have a negative self-dialogue, etc. It is a powerful resource to have on hand as part of a classroom, home or community library. I highly recommend this title as a primer for discussing with children how our words and actions impact others! My kids are still too young for this edition, but I spoke to friends who are using it, and they have had great success. They used it as a bedtime read-aloud, and then had their child read specific portions on their own, as needed.
- simple, positive message presents to children how we all have feelings and that our actions/words affect our own feelings and those of the people we come into contact with
- Concise and helpful table of contents for the chapters
- Succinct and well-structured chapters
- the point is stated and re-stated in multiple ways to ensure clarity of message
- end section with a whole chapter of ideas of how to practice filling buckets
Why/How Use it with kids:
- use this as a basic primer to begin discussions of values and character development
- have kids give examples of how they have both filled and ‘dipped’ into people’s buckets
- discuss the importance of filling our own buckets (and not dipping) by beginning to discuss the impact of our internal dialogue/inner voice
- use as context do debrief an upsetting incident that may have occurred (at school, on playground, etc.)
- review the day at bedtime. Place actions in the context of ‘filling’ and ‘dipping’ to give behaviours a context beyond ‘right and wrong’. Discuss the potential impact of ‘dipping’ on those affected by the behavior(s) and also the impact of the filling
- have kids draw/visually represent their own ideas of filling a bucket