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.
(This post is part of the Works for Me Wednesday group writing project.)Here are the rest of my contributions to the WFMW project.