At Dunham on Trent C of E Primary School we both the staff and children embrace the "Bucket Filling" philosophy.
Here is a brief explanation of what that means:
Carol McCloud, the author of “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” first learned about bucketfilling in a parenting workshop at an early childhood conference in the 1990’s. The speaker, an expert in infant brain research, said it is helpful to think of every baby as being born with an invisible bucket. The bucket represents a child’s mental and emotional health. You can’t see the bucket, but it’s there. She went on to say that it is primarily the parents’ or other caregivers’ responsibility to fill a child’s bucket. When you hold, caress, nurture, touch, sing, play, and provide loving attention, safety and care, you fill your child’s bucket.
However, in addition to being loved, children must also be taught how to love others. Children who learn how to express kindness and love lead happier lives. When you love and care about others and show that love with what you say and do, you feel good and you also fill your own bucket.
Carol McCloud’s book was written to teach children how to be bucket fillers. Mrs Brownlow has a copy of the "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" book and has read this to the children during a Collective Worship. The teachers help the students think about what they might say or do to fill someone else’s bucket. They work with your child and help them practice daily bucket filling.
At home you will hear your child use the bucket filling terms as well as the phrase 'Lemon Suckers' this is a phrase as a school we don't want to use very often and has been introduced to school by Shonette Bason-Wood who has written several books as well as works with schools to ensure children have a happy and memorable education. 'Lemon Suckers' these are people who suck our happiness and fun away from everthing. Have fun with it and become a bucket filler, too!