Who Are We?
We are the Little Bunnies, Busy Bees, Little Bears, Little Lions and Little Tigers! We have class names because a unifying title stresses the fact that it is not the teacher’s class. It is the ______________ class! It gives the children a sense of ownership and helps create a cooperative classroom. Preschool is the first community to which your children belong other than your family. We teach them to care for each other. Social skills are learned skills. We end each day on a positive note and remember that each day is a new beginning! Each class ends their day by saying:
We are the ________________ class!
We work together.
We play together.
We learn together.
We pray together.
I’ll see you again for another great day!
“Be a Bucket Filler”
This year all the Littlest Angels are learning how to be Bucket Fillers! The idea of being a bucket filler comes from the book; Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids, by Carol McCloud and David Messing. The basic idea is that we all carry an invisible bucket around with us each day that contains our feelings. When our bucket is full, we feel happy; when it is empty, we feel sad or angry. A Bucket Filler is someone who says or does something nice for other people. Each month we will be learning a new way we can help fill other’s buckets. In October we will learn how listening can fill someone’s bucket. Listening is easy to do and often it is the simple things we do that fill someone’s bucket the most. Do you remember a time when someone sat with you and just listened when you were upset? They didn’t try to give you a solution or tell you about how they handled a similar situation, they simply listened. But while they were listening they were also providing comfort, sympathy and love. They were filling your bucket without saying a word. Another great reason to listen is the more we do it with children the more they want to talk! When children feel heard and are allowed time to share their thoughts and feelings they will open up and share more. I want to encourage all of us to practice listening this month.
Wishing you all a blessed and beautiful Autumn!
Katie O’Malley, Director