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Hudson Hike

October 24, 2022 | Bridget O'Dowd

The Hudson Hike was a success!  Our day was full of careful observing, joyful collecting, and courageous climbing!

Children joined with their multi-age group, consisting of children from k-3rd grade. The younger children loved getting to know the older students, and the older students had leadership opportunities and helped the younger students alonng the hike! It was a beautiful and fruitful grouping!

Everywhere they looked, the children were able to find and delight in a piece of God’s creation.

Every year, students try to push Big Booty (the rock) in the water. Every year we feel it gets a little bit closer! Maybe next year!

Next, came many of the children’s favorite part, the SCRAMBLE! We climb up steep hills with our bodies low to the ground. When they reach the top, children feel accomplished then look forward to the slide down.

We stopped at a beach to collect sea glass and driftwood. We end our hike at the playground for some park time! We gathered back together with our class and enjoyed lunch at picnic tables.

We walked to the riverfront and read the story “The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Grey Bridge.”

We noticed that the lighthouse and the bridge were just like the ones in the story!

After the story, we loaded back up on the bus and had quiet time on the drive home. As you could guess, we were all very tired!

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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