Buddy, the Bucket Filler, is coming!

We have been exploring the concept of “Bucket Filling” at school. The children have been taught that each person on Earth has an invisible bucket that they carry with them at all times and we make a choice to be a “bucket filler” or a “bucket dipper“. We “fill” someone’s bucket (and our own) when we say and do nice things for others. We “dip” into someone else’s bucket (and our own) when we do not say and do nice things for others.
“Buddy the Bucket Filler” is our classroom reminder to fill buckets every day at home, at school and everywhere we go. Starting this week the children will have the opportunity to bring Buddy home. He is a toy dog and will be coming to your house in a very special bag. Inside the bag you will find  books, a journal, Buddy’s photo album, pencil case, CD and instructions to complete the assignment. Buddy enjoys visiting his friends and we know that you will take very good care of him. He needs to be kept clean and safe at all times so please be very, very, careful with him. Buddy needs to come back to school in his special bag on the day that your child’s name appears on the classroom calendar on our blog/website.  The children will present their assignment to the class so please practice what they will say with them.

Enjoy exploring the  “Bucket Filling” feeling with us!

B.E.A.R. (Be Excited About Reading) AT Home Program starts tomorrow for JK Students

Tomorrow, in your child’s Katch-All Bag, you will find the B.E.A.R. At Home Bag. This B.E.A.R. At Home Bag contains a levelled pattern book, a tracking sheet and instructions for the program.  Please read the instructions carefully and return the levelled pattern book regularly.  It is not necessary to return the book on a daily basis.  Please take time to enjoy reading with your child, to practise the book and to incorporate the activities described on the instruction sheets for your child’s reading level such as The Concepts About the Book, a picture walk, The Tools of Good Readers, The Popcorn Words, a retell, a favourite part and a connection to the book.  Enjoy supporting your child as he/she learns to read!