Sunday, May 27, 2007

How to get the kids to set the table correctly: Place Setting Mnemonic

Table set with correctly, with paper showing the Place Setting Mnemonic
We use the following two-part mnemonic to help our children remember how to set the table correctly:

Part 1: Number of letters in FORK, KNIFE, and SPOON
The number of letters in each of the utensil names matches the side of the plate to which it belongs.
FORK has four letters in it, which corresponds to the four letters in LEFT.
KNIFE and SPOON each have five letters, and they go on the RIGHT side, which has five letters as well.

(GLASS also has five letters, and it also goes on the RIGHT.)

Part 2: Alphabetical (for English, at least) order
The Fork, Knife, and Spoon are placed on the table in alphabetical order. Note that this works, even when the child forgets the leading/silent K in knife and misspells it Nife.

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Michele said...

What a cute idea. I never thought of that... very good.

Diamond said...

That is a great!! I'll have to try that! Thanks

ellen b said...


Amy said...

Love it! I've used the left/right trick, but the alphabet one is new. Thanks!

Kris said...

I have always used the first method, but never heard of the 2nd which is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Mrs.X said...

An eXcellent tip -- simple, useful and fun. Love those bandanna napkins and denim plates.

Jane said...

Great Tip! & I love the place setting!

Juggling Frogs said...

Thanks for all the kind words. Don't forget to check out all the great posts at rocksinmydryer's Works For Me Wednesday, too! (links are in post above)

All the best,

snarflemarfle said...

Love that!

Here's another one...when you are sitting down at a restaurant and don't know which bread plate is yours or which glass is yours, just remember that you'd rather be driving a BMW: and from left to right, you'll find your bread, your meal and your water!

hadassah said...

good ideas!
another way to teach children where the bread plate goes and where the drink (ie, glass) goes is this. shape your fingers into the letter 'O' and then stick out your pointer finger. your left hand makes the lower case letter 'b'--for bread plate; and the right hand forms the lower case letter 'd'--for drink.


momof3girls said...

I referenced your post on my blog today -thanks for the great idea!!!!

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