Bucket Fillers


How can we fill our bucket?

Today we had a busy day ahead of us, full of learning! In the morning we had stickle blocks and our Calligraphy writing on the tables. We are almost done with the calligraphy, therefore it will be ready to display!

And the stickle block table, our children had some creative ideas white building them:

“This is like a gun...it goes peyu peyu peeeeyuu. Kiki look..peyuu now you get ouchy in your arm! Hahah..and this one(pointing to pink) is ouchy goes bye-bye. Shush shush shus, now you have no more ouch!”- S

“This is train...long shinkansen! But this shinkansen has ouch one (thrones). You touch it..ahhhh!” - L

“My one is a castle. It will protect all the people who live inside…It can also be aerophane. This is the front of it!”- M

At the carpet area, we brought out the soft toys and only soft toys to see what children might incorporate it with. To our surprise, Petals children were happy play just with the soft toys. They did not request or ask for any other toys. They stayed in the large carpet area playing characters and stories with each other.

After our fun circle time we greeted each other and got ready for snack. Before we knew it, it was time for Kiki’s circle time.

Kiki: Children, do you have a bucket? (All: Yes) Is it at home? (All: Yes). Well you have a bucket right now. I can see it! You all have buckets. Can you see? (All: nooo…)

S: Kiki you are silly.

R: That is crazy!

E: I have bucket at home. Not here!

R: There is no bucket here Kiki

Kiki: Well Pauline, Sayaka and myself, we can see your buckets...funny...you cannot see it…( everyone looked around). Okay, maybe you will understand more after I read this book, “HOW FULL IS YOUR BUCKET? FOR KIDS”  by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer.

The book tells the story through the eyes of  a boy who learns a valuable “bucket filling” metaphor and watches it come to life as the day unfolds. Every moment and every action matters. Each of us has an invisible bucket. When our bucket is full, we feel so happy. When it’s empty, we feel awful. Yet most children (and many adults) don’t realize the importance of having a full bucket throughout the day.
In the book, the boy begins to see how every interaction in a day either fills or empties his bucket. Felix(the boy) then realizes that everything he says or does to other people fills or empties their buckets as well, “drop, drop, drop”.
We follow along with Felix as he learns how easy it can be to fill the buckets of his classmates, teachers and family members. Before the day is over, he becomes a great bucket filler, and in the process, discovers that filling someone else’s bucket also fills his own.

After the book was read, we received some very nice comments about the book and how they felt. Kiki asked the children how they could fill up other peoples’ bucket. Everyone had wonderful ideas!

Kiki then brought out Petals class’s buckets, and she asked everyone's help to fill them up.

As we had so much fun during circle time, we ran into our park time.

So after all that thinking and reflecting it was time to go for an adventure (walking). We walked around our community talking and discussing things we say. It was a lovely walk, that got us very hungry for lunch time!


Have lovely day and see you tomorrow!

Bucket Filling Petals class.


Ohana International School