October 21, 2020 | Sossi Essajanian
Over the past 6 weeks, the children have begun to know each other and the space, learned routines, and shared in laughter. As they shape a classroom culture, some ideas emerged about what this culture should be like and what everyone needs to do for each person to feel happy and safe in the Sky Class.
To begin thinking about this, the class responded to a reading of the book Have you Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud, illustrated by David Messing. In the book, people add drops to other peoples’ buckets by doing caring things or using kind words.
This provided a visual for an abstract idea of caring for others and being part of a community. It also helped them make the connection that a person’s actions and words can affect others in different ways.
So the children made their own promises to each other by responding to these questions:
What do we need to feel happy and safe in our classroom?
What do we need our friends to do?
What do we need to do for our friends?