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Study of Maps

March 5, 2023 | Bridget O'Dowd

The past few weeks, the kindergarten has been learning about maps! This social studies unit helps us as we transition to learning about ourselves and our community to expand our views and learn more about the similarities and differences we share with other children in the world.


We begun by sharing what we already know about maps.


We knew that they can tell you where to go. We know that pirates use maps to hide their treasure. We shared about maps we have seen before.


Then we began to look at different types of maps together. We looked at maps of Church Square Park, Hoboken, New Jersey, United States, and finally the whole world.


We noticed different colors and pictures on maps. We took a walking trip to Columbus Park. The children had their own map and they navigated the way at each street corner! We learned about cardinal directions and how sometimes its easier to turn your map upside down. Some children claimed to be GPS’s on our trip.

We attempted making our own maps! Treasure maps were a favorite topic so with a partner, the children hid a small treasure in the classroom and had to make a map of the classroom marking where it was. Once the children swapped maps, they found their hidden treasure!

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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