"The concept of bucket filling is an effective metaphor for encouraging kind and considerate behavior and for teaching the benefits of psoitive relationships. Words hurt. That's the simple truth. And bullies abound no matter what the age. If we can teach young children the power of words and teach them to use those words carefully, we can stop bullying in its tracks."
The kids in Grade 2 each have buckets on their desks. They are taught why we should fill each others buckets, why some kids are bucket 'dippers' ie bullies. How can they effectively deal with bucket dippers? ....and how to 'put a lid on your bucket' so that you do not allow others to dip! (very important!)
The dynamic in the class has changed 180 degrees. Last year there was so much friction and jockeying for position - especially among the girls. There has been NONE of this so far this year. Each incident is diffused and actions/reactions are discussed and worked through. I have been blown away by what I have seen with these kids.
If you have children/grandchildren, I would STRONGLY recommend you purchase this book - Lulu has grown in leaps and bounds in understanding the emotional responses of kids and adults around her. (EQ)