Have you filled a bucket today?
I don’t know if you’ve seen this book yet or not, but I started using it in the classroom last year. I normally start the year with a heavy emphasis on solving problems and how to be a good friend. I struggled with a way to show the kids how their actions impacted the group and try to shift the focus to the positive not the negative.
I found a clear plastic paint pail on sale at Michaels and I used pompoms to fill up our class bucket. Before we started we had to decide on an appropriate celebration for our class. I asked anyone who had an idea to draw it out (since they are in K) and then I posted up the drawings for a day or so. We then voted by sticker on our favourite ideas to narrow it down.
I found the pompoms were a very visual and concrete evidence. I had a bag of pompoms with assorted sizes which worked well to show who was doing a little act of kindness. I had some squirmy kids this year during our calendar routine, so I could keep them more focused by picking out some pompoms and putting them out where they could see. Usually this visual reminder was enough to get the few that were distracted back on track and everyone trying their best to see if I picked them this time.
I was really worried this would turn into a competition or would become something negative, but my kids really took it on and would even applaud someone who tried particularly hard. Best of all my kiddos chose such sweet celebrations: being able to play on the soccer field (they are not normally able to play there) and having a picnic outside. I even suggested movies or a snack and they would rather have a camping day in the class instead! :)
Do you use a behaviour program with your kids? If so, I’d love to hear what you do.