Learning How to Be “Bucket Fillers”
At Rowntree Montessori Schools, teaching core values is an important part of our curriculum. For example, our Prep-One classes read the book “How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids” by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer.
This book’s main character learns how to be kind to others in many different ways. After reading this book, students had an opportunity to participate in a Bucket Filling exercise. Students filled each other’s buckets with kind words and compliments. Students told their fellow classmates what they liked about each other and drew pictures to demonstrate these traits. This provides an opportunity for students to build each other’s confidence.
Teaching Core Values
At Rowntree Montessori Schools, we believe in teaching our students core values such as kindness, hard work, team work, leadership and responsibility by being “bucket fillers”. Studies show that children learn by watching and copying others. As educational practitioners, we understand the importance of setting good examples for our students.
Teaching a student core values can help them understand right from wrong. Additionally, it helps them to shape their mindsets and behaviour as future adults. A values education should not be underestimated. We have found that there are many activities throughout the school year that can help to build character and values. Holding workshops on anti-bullying, encouraging students to fill each other buckets and rewarding positive behaviours at Student of the Months assemblies, all contribute to building strong characters.
With a strong foundation and strong characters, children will develop core values of their own. Schools play a significant part in preparing the future generation for their life as adults by teaching core values. This is a responsibility to be mindful of and an exciting opportunity to be a part of. If your school’s vision and school values are clear and well thought out, your message will be simple and inherent. At Rowntree Montessori Schools, we truly believe in Nurturing Tomorrow’s Achievers by teaching core values.
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