Carrie from Carrie's Speech Corner is bringing us a great post about using bucket fillers in the speech room! She has some wonderful ideas! Take it away, Carrie! :)
Bucket Fillers in the Speech Room
Ah, Fall! My favorite time of year! The time of year when the weather turns cool, when pumpkin spice coffee makes its triumphant return! Fall brings apple and pumpkin picking, corn mazes, and hayrides. Most importantly, fall brings a fresh crop of new faces into our schools and speech rooms!
You may be planning your lessons based on the common fall themes: “back to school,” “apples,” “Johnny Appleseed,” “pumpkins,” etc. If you haven’t already heard of this book -
- you may want to consider adding it to your fall repertoire. “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” by Carol McCloud offers a wonderful way to establish your behavioral expectations with your students. The concept is simple – each and every person carries an invisible bucket. In that bucket we hold our good thoughts and feelings about ourselves (represented by colorful hearts and stars). When we are happy, our buckets are full. When we are sad, our buckets are empty. When you are nice to someone else, you not only fill their bucket, but your own as well. Conversely, when you are not nice, you dip from the other person’s bucket…and your own.
Using the “Bucket Fillers” Philosophy in Speech
I found this really cute tin bucket (with a chalkboard label on the opposite side) in the dollar section of Target. I drew a face on it and hung it on my bulletin board. The plan is to fill it with cut out hearts and stars as kids do nice things for each other. Notice the sign above? There are actually two that I created by scanning images from the book. Get copies of the posters by clicking the links below.
I created little popsicle stick dipper/filler signs. I give one to each child in the group and tell different scenarios (e.g., “I helped my grandmother bake a cake” or “I tripped my brother on the way to dinner”). The children have to determine whether the action in the scenario would fill a bucket or dip from a bucket. They indicate their choices by holding up the corresponding image. Download the signs by clicking the image below.
There are a TON of cute Bucket Filling Activities on the internet as well.
Here are some of my favorites:
Teaching Heart – Lots of printables! I use the pocket chart activity with my students.
Bucket Fillers 101 – Sign up for their Free E-newsletter with bucket filling ideas!
Speech Lady Liz – Compilation of ideas to reinforce the story.
Pinterest Boards – Check out all the Pinterest boards on Bucket Filling!
Do you use this book in therapy, or do the teachers in your school use it? If so, what are your favorite related activities?