About the book-Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud (Author), David Messing (Illustrator)
Through simple prose and vivid illustrations, this heartwarming book encourages positive behavior as children see how rewarding it is to express daily kindness, appreciation, and love. Bucket filling and dipping are effective metaphors for understanding the effects of our actions and words on the well being of others and ourselves. (source: http://www.christianityetc.org/kindness.php)
Character trait that this book teaches-Kindness
Kindness is a personal quality that enables an individual to be sensitive to the needs of others and to take personal action to endeavor to meet those needs. It is more than being nice and agreeable. It is a quality of one’s being, not just a matter of a person’s behavior! This makes it a personal virtue and not just an action or a personal gift that is given to someone.
My review of the book:
This is a beautiful book that should be a STAPLE in every HOME and SCHOOL library. It provides a wonderful way to explain kindness in our daily lives and can relate to experiences both at home and at school. The book also discusses behavior that is unkind and how it affects others. Be sure to read this book for your children!
Remember, you can check it out at your local library, purchase it online or in a local bookstore or even watch a reading of it via YouTube.
How you can use this book to have a discussion with your children:
Create an environment in your home that models the bucket filling philosophy and uses the language.
Ask your child:
- What is an example of bucket filling in our home? At school?
- How can YOU fill a bucket tomorrow at school?
- Have you ever witnessed someone bucket dipping? What happened?
Here are some free ideas on extending the reading of this book with writing or creative lessons that are already created for you!
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