Since the first day I walked into Mrs. Erickson and Mrs. Rainer’s classroom, I knew that this was a very special group of girls that were being raised by a very special group of parents. The words of encouragement that rolled right off the tips of their tongues without any prompting was unbelievable.
I love your new shoes!
You are so good at that!
I wish I could do that like you!
You did it!
The way they met their friends at the door with hugs and smiles was precious.
They genuinely love to celebrate one another! So as a teacher I want to say “Hip, Hip Hooray to you, mom and dad!”! You have set the bar high, and I want it not just to continue but to GROW!!!!
In chapel at the beginning of the year we read the book “How Full is Your Bucket?-for Kids” by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer. This book explains that we all have an invisible “bucket” and that it can be filled up or dipped into by the words and actions that we encounter each day. In return, you can be a “bucket filler” or a “bucket dipper” to others with your words and actions. We have taken this language and incorporated it into our everyday at school by frequently asking “are you being a bucket filler or a bucket dipper?” We love to catch the girls using kind words with a friend, being a great first-time listener, having patience, including others, taking turns…the list could go on and on. Our hope is that we are teaching them to self-reflect, to have empathy, and to think before they say or do something! We spend time talking about how we feel when we are bucket fillers to others, and they are getting it!! Teaching them to put words to their feelings is a crucial part of becoming self-aware. It is so fun to hear the girls using their words to express themselves as they go throughout their day.
My heart feels happy when I am a good friend!
That makes my heart sing…does it make your heart sing?
I am sorry that I dipped into your bucket.
You just filled my bucket!
My bucket is feeling low-she knocked over my castle.
She spilled my bucket.
I did it all by myself and now my bucket is full!
My bucket is so drip...I need help!
Along with teaching empathy, we also want to partner with you in teaching our girls to be thankful! Here is a sneak peek at some of the things that they are thankful for!
We are thankful to get to spend each week with your girls, and watch them grow socially, emotionally and academically!