This week has been an awesome start in first grade! WOW what an awesome week we had together. From sharing our summer pictures, playing name games, and talking about our first day of school jitters!!! We also came up with our own classroom rules and called it "Our Classroom Promise"!
Yesterday, we read the book: Have You Filled a Bucket Today? As a class we read the story and asked and answered many questions. Here's some of the questions we asked and the answers we came up with!
What is the "bucket"? Can we see it?
The bucket represents your mental and emotional self. We can't see it, it is invisible.
How do you feel when your bucket is full?
When your bucket is full, you feel more confident, secure, calm, patient, and friendly. Your thoughts are positive and you expect positive results. When your bucket is overflowing, you experience an intense happiness that can spread to those around you. Have you ever felt better after someone gave you a friendly smile or happy grin? This is the "ripple effect" of a full bucket.
How do you feel when your bucket is empty?
When your bucket is empty, it contains few, if any, positive thoughts or feelings. When your bucket is empty you can easily become sad, negative, insecure, nervous, angry, depressed, stressed, worried, afraid, or physically ill. When you experience any of these feelings, it's easy to believe that life is too challenging and that nothing you attempt will be successful. An empty bucket can affect your behavior and cause you to express your emotions in a way that empties the buckets of those around you.
What affects the level of happiness in your bucket?
Negative life events. The careless or even "not nice" words and behavior of others can also affect the level of happiness in your bucket. Your own self-talk and thoughts can dramatically reduce or raise the level of happiness in your bucket. It's important to know that you are responsible for what you choose to think and when your thoughts are positive and healthy, your bucket levels will reflect it.
What is Bucket Filling?
Actions or words that show that you care about someone. Saying or doing something kind. Giving someone a heartfelt smile. Using names with respect. Helping without being asked. Giving sincere compliments. Showing respect to others. There are hundreds of wonderful ways to fill buckets. The language of bucket filling has become synonymous with being kind and thoughtful. Your bucket will be filled when, at the close of each day, you reflect on the ways in which you have filled buckets.
What is Bucket Dipping?
Making fun of someone. Saying or doing unkind things. Refusing to help. Failing to show respect or being intentionally disrespectful. This is a partial list of ways in which it's possible to dip into another's bucket. Another is bullying, the behavior that has become the essence of bucket dipping. It is very important that we learn to understand the motivation for these behaviors.
Today ask us about our saving Fred mission! We had a task where we had to work together to save "Fred" the worm! His boat capsized and he wasn't wearing his life jacket! His life jacket was under the boat and he couldn't swim without it! Together with our friends, using only 4 paper clips and no fingers/hands, we had to save Fred and put on his life jacket! It was HARD work. At the end of our mission, we learned so much about team work and problem solving!
WOW what a great start to our school year!
What we're learning in first grade. Students are also making comments in class! At home add to the posts, too.