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June 1, 2022 | Bridget O'Dowd

When we first began studying gardens, we made a map of our prior knowledge by asking the questions: Who? What? Where? Why? Here are some of their responses:




  • Man or woman
  • Grandma
  • Neighbor
  • Ourself
  • Farmers
  • Families


  • Place a lot of bugs and plants are
  • Protected place
  • Has worms and tomatoes and flowers
  • Needs rain and sunshine
  • Can grow food there, like vegetables, fruits, and cocoa


  • At home
  • In the country
  • In a house
  • At the park
  • In the soil
  • On Earth
  • Backyards
  • In cities
  • Front yards



  • To help bees and butterflies find nectar
  • To grow food
  • To give us more oxygen
  • To make new seeds
  • To help the Earth
  • Worms are needed to make the soil rich

After working with a partner to plant seeds a couple of weeks ago, we are eagerly checking each day until our seed sprouts! Some have begun, while others are slow to germinate. It is a practice in patience and observation!




After our field trip, the children were inspired to build a garden in blocks, including pathways, a rain silo, and a compost area. They made tissue paper flowers to add color to their garden.



We are currently focusing on plant parts and excitedly sorting foods that we eat by the part of the plant it comes from.


We have also begun to think about what kind of creatures gardeners would welcome in their garden, or maybe want to chase away like Peter Rabbit.


We have enjoyed becoming gardeners in these last few weeks of kindergarten!

Bridget O'Dowd

Ms. O’Dowd came to Mustard Seed in 2017, after moving to Hoboken in 2016. She found a school and a community all in one package at Mustard Seed! Having taught kindergarten in Illinois before moving to New Jersey, Ms. O’Dowd has a passion for five-year-olds. She’s delighted to be a part of the kindergarten team and loves to read and share in story with students. Her favorite moment of the day is during a good read aloud, when she looks out and sees the faces of children showing empathy and emotion in response to the story. Ms. O’Dowd’s hobbies include exploring new neighborhoods, watching BBC documentaries, traveling to visit family, and eating her way through New York City.

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