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Making a Baked Potato

Cooking baked potatoes for lunch or dinner

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  • At beginning of month place on calendar "Potato Night"
  • Select a brown baking potato (Russet, etc.) and have child rinse and scrub with water to get it clean
  • Dry the potato, poke deeply several times with fork all over the potato and rub skin with olive oil (butter, vegetable oil, etc) Place in a regular oven on middle rake and bake 45 minutes at 400 degrees (longer if more potatoes in oven) or about 10 minutes in microwave
  • Potato is done when internal temperature is 210 degrees or squeezes in the middle to your touch (hot pad) or fork can be inserted easily into potato
  • Serve with favorite ingredients (butter, bacon, cheese, steamed vegetables or meat, etc.)
  • Potato Night is an easy way to get child involved in cooking
  • Substitute a sweet potato for a healthier option


  • brown baking potatoes/or sweet potato
  • sink, scrubber to wash and clean potato
  • fork
  • oil/butter (optional)
  • oven
  • toppings: butter, bacon, cheese, steamed vegetables, meat, sour cream/plain yogurt, etc.

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Oval
  • Color - Brown
  • Number - Nine, 9
  • Alphabet Letters - Q, T, L
  • Senses - Sight
  • Character Trait - Friendliness
  • Target Words - Fast, Front, Sort, Same

Monthly Proverb

Spanish - Tell me who you’re with and I’ll tell you who you are

Did You Know?

"The brain develops rapidly during the first five years and quality preschool programs can have a profound impact during this time.” CA First 5

Books to Read

"Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On"
by Lois Ehlert (Activity 7)

"Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"
by Bill Martin (Activity 8) (audio book available) (NOTE: Please look for the 25th anniversary edition where the text is back to the original wording)

"Old Henry"
by Joan Blos (Activity 12)

Music Playlist

"The Alphabet Song"
Album: Big Don’s Big Beat (Activity 5)

"Por Una Cabeza by Carlos Gardel"
Album: The Very Best (Activity 20)

"The Turtle Song"
by Suzi Shelton Album Simply Suzi (Activity 11)

Monthly Materials List

Click Here to view the list!

Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

There Was A Little Turtle

(Activity 11 Month 11)

There was a little turtle who lived in a box.

He swam in the water, he climbed on the rocks.  

He snapped at a mosquito, he snapped at a flea, he snapped at a minnow and he snapped at me.

He caught that mosquito, he caught that flea, he caught that minnow, but he didn’t catch me.

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

(Activity 19 Month 11)

Now I lay me down to sleep.  

I’ll count these hands instead of sheep.  

Help me to remember these friends I made.      

And all the wonderful times we played.