Callejo's Counselor's Corner

Spring 2016 / Ms. Minor

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

The first graders and second Graders learned about being a bucket filler during their classroom guidance lesson . I know you are wondering what is a " bucket Filler".

Bucket filling is a concept based on the book,

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to

Daily Happiness for Kids” by Carol McCloud.

The premise of the book is we all carry an

invisible bucket that contains our feelings.

When our bucket is full, we feel great.

When our bucket is empty, we feel sad. A bucket filler is someone who says or does nice things for other people. By doing this, they are filling other people's buckets and filling their own bucket at the same time. On the other hand, a bucket dipper says or does things to cause other people to feel bad. A bucket dipper empties their own bucket when they say and do mean things to others .

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Golden Rule: Meeting Social and Emotional Needs

Here are some specific steps you can take to nurture an emotionally intelligent child, and additional resources you can use to learn more about social and emotional learning.

Strategies At Home

Be a good listener. Listening is an important skill. Unfortunately, it's not always practiced by parents or children.

Model the behavior you seek. Whether it's apologizing when you're in the wrong or treating others with respect and kindness, children learn a great deal about relationships from observing the behavior of their parent

Respect differences. Every child has his or her own unique talents and abilities. Whether in academics, athletics, or interpersonal relationships, resist the urge to compare your child to friends or siblings. Instead, honor your child's accomplishments and provide support and encouragement for the inevitable challenges he faces.

Take advantage of support services. Seek the advice and support of school counselors or other social services during times of family crisis, such as a divorce or the death of a close friend or family member. Remember that no matter how close you are to your child, she may be more comfortable discussing a troubling family situation with another trusted adult.

5 Keys to Social and Emotional Learning Success

Test Taking Tips

Spring is quickly approaching and testing season will begin soon for many students.

Tests are important because they help schools and teachers evaluate the student's needs and progress. Please share the following tips with your child about taking tests:

  • Relax. Just do the best you can.
  • Your first choice is usually correct. Don't change answers unless you have a really good reason.
  • Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and eats a good breakfast.
  • Get your child to school on time the day of the test.
  • Encourage your child to remain focused on the test even if other students finish early.
  • Wish your child good luck each morning of the test. Tell your child that he/she is special and that you believe in him/her
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