Helping adults prepare children for kindergarten and life.

Baked Apple

Reviewing target words in and out, developing cooking and measuring skills, discovering healthy foods

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  • Ask the child to put the apple in a small bowl
  • Together fill the bowl with water until it is full
  • Scrub the apple with his hands. While touching the apple ask him to tell you how it feels.
  • Ask him to take the apple out of the bowl
  • Empty the bowl of water in the sink
  • Explain that you will be baking the apple for him to eat. Remove the core of the apple making a hole about 3/4 inch wide. Place apple in a microwave or oven proof dish. Mix 2 tablespoons of brown sugar (or natural maple syrup) and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and fill the core hole using fingers or a spoon. Place a slice of butter on top of the filling.  Pour 3/4 cup of  water into the bottom of the dish.
  • Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes depending on the apple's size OR the apple can be covered with a paper towel and microwaved for 3 to 4 minutes
  • Take the apple out of the oven and eat it together
  • Share that you care by explaining how to be careful around a hot oven or hot food. Explain that healthy foods are good for your bodies. We care about putting healthy foods into our bodies to make us feel good.
  • Baked apples are a healthy food that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, or dessert.


  • apple
  • bowl
  • oven safe dish
  • knife
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • butter
  • water
  • oven (regular or microwave)

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Square
  • Color - Yellow
  • Number - One, 1
  • Alphabet Letter - A, E
  • Senses - Touch
  • Character Trait - Caring
  • Target Words - In, Out, Empty, Full

Monthly Proverb

Swedish - The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.

Did You Know?

Children who are not ready for kindergarten often have trouble succeeding in school. Those who do poorly in school are more likely to need to repeat classes, need special education, drop out of school, become teen parents, and get into trouble with the law. As adults, drop-outs have trouble making a living wage, and are at risk of poverty and homelessness

From Plan for the Washington Early Learning System – Draft 12/1/09 (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2005; Isaacs, 2008).

Books to Read

"The Mitten"
by Jan Brett (Activity 22)

"Little Blue and Little Yellow"
by Leo Lionni (Activity 8)

"How Kind"
by Mary Murphy (Activity 12)

Music Playlist

"The Hokey Pokey"
by Music for Little People Choir from album Toddlers Sing Playtime (Children) (Activity 14)

"Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K448 II."
Andante by Alicia de Larrocha from album Mozart: Concerto & Sonata for 2 pianos (Classical) (Activity 20)

"ABC (The Alphabet Song)"
from album Dora the Explorer (Children) (Activity 1)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Select one poem for child to memorize this month and recite it at bedtime plus one song/fingerplay to learn. Here are two examples:

My NAME Song

(Activity 25 Month 1 - Sung to tune of BINGO)

There was a family had a child

and Carly (insert child's name) was her name.

C - A - R - L - Y C - A - R - L - Y C - A - R - L - Y (spell child's name)

And Carly (insert child's name) was her name

Kind To Others

(Activity 13 Month 1 - Fingerplay)

5 little children

Standing in a row ( hold up 5 fingers)

They are kind to others

Everywhere they go. (walk hand in front of body)

I am one of the children (point to self)

Standing in a row (hold up 5 fingers)

I'll be kind to others (point to self)

Wherever I go. (walk hand in front of body)

(This fingerplay works as a reminder to a child to be kind in any situation- without saying a word. Just walk hand in front of body to silently signal a child to remember to be kind or use actual sign language for the word kind.)