Bucket Behavior Management
In your search for Bucket Filling ideas, I’m sure you’ll come across this…and I think you should do it. Because I love it and so do my kids! So do kids not even in my classroom!!!
Each child in my classroom has a bucket. I labelled them with their names, and as part of centers, allow them to decorate them and go crazy. I went out and purchased Command Velcro Strips, as well as a clear shoe organizer and packs of rainbow pom poms. I hang up the organizer on an open wall (I’ve been cutting my shoe organizer in half, and setting them up side by side using the velcro strips securing them to the wall. this ensures that they are at eye level)
Once the buckets are all decorated, each bucket gets a pocket in the shoe organizer, and I use some open pockets to hold all of the pom poms. During the week, I show them that when they do something nice, or give me a hug, or remember the rules, or help a friend, they filled my bucket…and I model putting a colored pom pom in my bucket and in theirs. After a day or so, the kids start doing this on their own, and run over to fill each others buckets. It is an amazing way to bring physicality, and a visual aspect to being respectful to one another and I encourage any teacher of any age to use it.