Project Cornerstone – Bucket Letter

Here is the parent letter for Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud.

Dear [Room# Parent],

Today, as part of Project Cornerstone, your kids were introduced to a wonderful book called Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud. It introduces kids to a concept of an invisible personal bucket that can be filled with “warm and fuzzy” good feelings.

The book is about encouraging positive behavior like kindness and appreciation with examples like teamwork, including classmates in games, and saying “hello” or “thank you”. Such actions help a child fill someone’s bucket with warm and fuzzy good feelings. The child can become a bucket filler!

The book also explains how doing or saying unkind things, like talking out of turn or using unkind hands, is being a bucket dipper. Dipping into someone’s bucket also empties their own!

To protect the child’s bucket of warm and fuzzy feelings when someone is being unkind and trying to dip in their bucket, the child can imagine a lid to cover their bucket. You can remind them of this by saying, “Use your lid!”

Using little buckets and pom poms, we did a group activity with the kids so they could practice saying kind and appreciative things to each other while having a tactile and visual symbol of what the book explained.

Lastly, each child signed a Bucket Filling Pledge poster, pledging to be Bucket Fillers at school and at home.

The book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? is available for loan at the school library.

Have a wonderful weekend,
[Your name, or the names of the volunteers]