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November 3, 2021 | Bridget O'Dowd

As the seasons change and the need for jackets and layers is here, we continue to remember the gift of seeds in our world. The Kindergarten has been studying seeds to enhance their descriptive language and further develop their ability to recognize distinctive attributes of various seeds. They compare and contrast seeds as a teacher asks specific questions, “What do you notice about this seed?” “How does it feel?” “Which seed is bigger?” It is exciting to find out that we eat seeds and they don’t grow inside of us!

After cutting open the fruit we bought at Sobsey’s weeks ago, the children have been carefully observing the seeds inside. They noticed that some fruits have many little seeds and other fruits have one big seed called a pit.

Students participated in an activity called “What’s My Rule” in which they find something that is the same about a group of seeds in relation to size, shape, color, and texture. For instance, “all of the seeds are smooth and small.”

Seeds have appeared everywhere: outside, inside, in our food and many more places! Our seed collection continues to grow, and we look forward to more seed sharing as we finish up our study.

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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