Kindergartners Look to Fill Buckets with Kindness
Janna Sullivan, Kindergarten Teacher
The Kindergarten classes have been identifying different acts of kindness.
As part of their IB PYP Unit of Inquiry into 'Who We Are,' the Kindergarteners have been exploring friendships, relationships and caring actions.
Taking inspiration from How Full is Your Bucket by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer, our inquirers have been busy identifying ways to be bucket-fillers. These acts of kindness have included holding doors for others, sharing our beach playspace with First Steps, making efforts to include our littlest learners in their play, making leaf bouquets for our families, creating thank you cards for helpers in our learning community and taking care of our environment.
During our weekly Nature School outings, our bucket-fillers stay on marked pathways, stop to investigate signage about restoration efforts, and identify ways to care for our environment. It is clear that these acts of kindness embrace an understanding that we share our community with local wildlife and plants. We look forward to continuing these stewardship efforts when we join Margaret Lidkea, Chair of the Friends of Uplands Park, for a special restoration project.
As part of their inquiry, our learners have also participated in the WITS Primary Program, developing a skill set and common language to foster positive interactions with their peers. They are learning to be problem-solvers, seeing that they can affect positive change when challenges arise through their respectful and kind choices. Our inquirers take pride in applying their WITS knowledge to nurture their friendships through their caring actions.
While World Kindness Day may have occurred over our Mid-Term Break, these KINDergartners are taking action to make kindness a norm in our day-to-day lives, creating "waves of kindness" wherever they go!