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bucket fillers

In my kindergarten class we are bucket fillers. My sweet little kinders grasped the concept easily and are very quick to let you know if you are being a bucket filler or dipper. Thank goodness we have had more bucket fillers than dippers. We started off by reading, Have you filled a bucket today? Then we made an anchor chart to help remind us what it means to be a bucket filler and a bucket dipper.

Who wouldn't want to be apart of a class where kids say nice things, give hugs, share, and, always have a smile on their face.

My kids are really getting the hang of filling a bucket. They have been sending the sweetest notes to each other. I only have a few writers, the rest just do invented spelling. One little boy can't read names yet so he keeps asking me, "Is this a girl bucket?" They are already sending love notes to each other. I think it is precious. I let them write notes whenever I am not instructing. Rest time is a perfect time. You can't see the bucket filler notes, but I got them and my sign from What the Teacher Wants.
How do you build a classroom community?



  1. We are bucket fillers too!! Our school has buckets for teachers too! =)

  2. I love this idea and really want to be a "bucket filler" this year! Can't wait to start it.. but I have to ask.. how are your little kinders writing the bucket notes when they are just in the beginning stages of writing? Do YOU fill the bucket for them when they say something nice or do something nice for someone? How do you implement it in your classroom?? Thanks for all your advice!!!!

    Jenn @ The Kinder Life

  3. I started Bucket Fillers/Bucket Dippers last year in the middle of the year and loved it but wanted to make some changes. So, this year I have revamped it to be a class program instead of an individual program. We plan on setting goals each day to see how many bucket fillers we can give each day. I just posted another post on our blog about it tonight, so check it out.

  4. LOVE it!!! It is never to early to begin practicing our kindness.