This is ‘Week of the Young Child’, celebrated nationally by early childhood programs, accredited by NAEYC – National Association for the Education of Young Children. It’s a big deal!
We celebrated by ‘filling buckets’, literally and figuratively. Children filled pails with soil, planted flowers, and delivered them throughout the community.
Filling buckets is spreading kindness.
At school we have a kindness jar. We’ve had it in the classroom for months. Whenever a child does something ‘above and beyond’ in regards to an act of kindness, we put a stone in the jar. This week we filled the jar. Children were rewarded with a pizza party. There were 62 stones in the jar. That’s a lot of kindness to spread!
At school we decorated Children Around the World. We’re all different (as Gloria helps us to remember), and the art display reflects the diversity in us all.
I read many books on filling buckets, kindness, and children all over the world. The book that stands out to bring everything together is “What a Wonderful World”, with the words sung by Louis Armstrong. Last year at this time, teaching was all done remotely, and I sang the book to the children. It was also Earth Day, so very appropriate to celebrate our wonderful world.
Yes, what a wonderful world, indeed!