Since I just joined our classroom team, I want to focus on building a sense of community and working as a team this week. We will be chatting about taking turns, making good choices, being kind to our friends and the overall concept that our class can accomplish more as a team than individually. We are all apart of God's team and He created Each of us to work together to accomplish great things! -And that is exactly what we will be doing this year!
To help teach the kiddos this concept, we will be talking about the topic of 'How Full Is Your Bucket?'!!! Our entire school uses this concept, I pull this into my Sunday School classroom and also refer to this at home, as well. This platform offers a great model for both kiddos and adults. The theme comes from the book, 'How Full Is Your Bucket for Kids,' by Tom Rath & Mary Reckmeyer, which can be located here. We will be reading this story in class. The general concept is that when we make good choices, we not only fill our own bucket, but we fill the buckets of others (including God’s). Yet, when we make some not so great choices, our buckets empty out a bit. We will be using the term ‘filling our bucket’ often in class. Feel free to bring this phrase into the home. To build upon the concept in the book, I have several great activities and crafts planned for the kiddos.
How Full Is Your Bucket Team Build Activity: We will be working together as a team to build a HUGE Bucket out of blocks. Each student will be given 10 blocks. We will see how big the bucket is with only a few blocks (not so big nor fun). Yet, when we work together as a team and add all the blocks from all the kiddos, our bucket is huge, fun & fabulous!!!!
How Full Is Your Bucket Kindness Craft: This activity offers a great way to reinforce great team working concepts of filling up a bucket while developing proficiency in the areas of shape recognition and fine motor development with cutting, coloring and gluing. Click here for the Bucket Template and here for the Kindness Shapes.
How Full is Your Bucket Tracing and Cutting Worksheets: These worksheets offer a great way for the kiddos to get a little extra practice in developing those fine and gross motor skills. The kiddos can use a crayon to trace the shapes down to fill up the bucket. Sometimes I tape the worksheet to the wall or even under the table. The kiddos have a blast switching it up and it is great to utilize different muscles. In addition, the cutting worksheet is always a great way to practice those important cutting skills. Click here for the tracing worksheet and here for the cutting worksheet.
How Full is Your Bucket Take Home Activity: This offers a fun way to reinforce great team working concepts of filling up personalized buckets. Each kiddo will have the chance to decorate their own name tag and bucket (plastic cup) in class. Once the buckets are created, we will practice filling the buckets up with cotton balls. Whenever we see the kiddos helping others, sharing, being kind, listening, etc., we will take a moment to fill up that kiddo's bucket. Each kiddo will be able to take their own bucket home with a bag of cotton balls so they can practice this concept throughout their days at home! Click here for 'How Full Is my Bucket Take Home Tags'.
Books on Team Work & Bucket Filling
Following are books that I LOVE, which focus on teamwork and bucket filling concepts. I will be reading these throughout the week and the entire year as this concept builds such an important foundation. Click on each link for more information.
Here is a Peek at Our Day!
9:00-9:20: Name Recognition, Name Writing, Check-in & Free Play
9:20-9:35: Circle Time / Read Aloud
9:35-9:50: How Full Is Your Bucket Craft Time
10:00-10:15: Snack Time
10:15-10:35 Playground or Indoor Play
10:40-10:55: Bucket Build Activity
11:40-12:00: Free Play, Clean Up & Wrap Up
Classroom Team Building Snack: I like to take the opportunity at snack time to let the kiddos experience the joys of being a part of a team. Each kiddo will receive one different type of snack (ie: cheerios, raisins, marshmallows, choc. chips). As you can guess, some of the kiddos are happy with their snack, and others are not. Yet, they all tend to want some of what his or her friend has. We talk about how it is not really fun to just have one item when we could pull our resources together as a team and let everybody try a bit of each kind of snack. God created each of us as unique kiddos with our own set of gifts so that we could share with others. The kiddos LOVE this every time!!!!