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Clearing/Setting Table

Learn how to set a table

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  • On red construction paper make a template for a place setting
  • Begin by placing plate, silverware, and cup in the proper place on the red paper
  • Correct placement is the plate in the center, knife on right side of the plate, spoon next to the knife, fork on the left side of the plate and cup placed above knife
  • Help child trace around plate, glass, and silverware to make the template
  • Place the template on table and have child set table for family meals using the template 
  • When the child appears ready, let him set table without the template
  • Check together with the red template to see if the table is set correctly
  • Can add napkin on the left side of the plate - next to fork or under the fork


Use plastic, paper, or non-breakable plates so no worries about breakage. To begin, let the child set his own place setting.  When this is done easily, encourage the child to set the table for everyone.


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Chat about the sound and letter that begins each object: p - plate; c - cup; s- spoon, etc. Let the child say another word that begins with each of the letters: p,c,and s.


What meal do you like to eat together at the table with your family and why?

What are some chores you can do to help your family?

Why is it important to help each other?


  • red construction paper
  • pencil
  • plate
  • silverware - knife, spoon, fork
  • cup

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Circle, Square
  • Color - Red
  • Number - Three, 3
  • Alphabet Letters - C, R
  • Senses - Smell
  • Character Trait - Manners
  • Target Words - On, Top, High, Low

Monthly Proverb

Golden Rule - Do unto others as you would have them do to you

Did You Know?

“The human brain is 90% developed by age 5." Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Books to Read

"Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners"
by Laurie Kelly (Activity 12)

"The Alphabet Book"
by P.D. Eastman (Activity 4)

"Goldilocks and the Three Bears"
by Jim Aylesworth (Activity 13)

"The Alphabet Book". VIDEO
by P.D. Eastman (Activity 4)

"Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners" VIDEO
by Laurie Kelly (Activity 12)

"Goldilocks and the Three Bears" VIDEO
by Jan Brett (Activity 13)

Music Playlist

"Three Little Birds"
by Bob Marley Album Legend (Reggae) (Activity 6)

"Race: The Final Starlight Express"
Album Starlight Express Original Cast (Broadway - Pop) (Activity 18)

"Clap Your Hands Now"
by Pam Donkin Album A Hop, Skip, and a Jump (Children) (Activity 15)

"Three Little Birds" VIDEO
by Bob Marley (Activity 6)

"Clap Your Hands Now" VIDEO
by Pam Donkin (Activity 15)

"Race: The Final Starlight Express" VIDEO
by Starlight Express Original Cast (Activity 18)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Way Up High In An Apple Tree

(Activity 26 Month 3)

Way up high in the apple tree

Two little apples smiled at me

I shook that tree as hard as I could

Down came the apples

Mmmmmm they were good.

Peter (child’s name) Uses One Hammer

(Activity 21 Month 3)

Peter (use child’s name) hammers with one hammer one hammer one hammer 

Peter hammers with one hammer all day long (tap fist on the floor)

Pater hammers with two hammers, two hammers two hammers (tap other fist too) Peter hammers with two hammers all day long.

Peter hammers with three hammers, three hammers three hammers (add one  foot) Peter hammers with three hammers all day long.

Peter hammers with four hammers four hammers four hammers (tap other  foot too along with fists) Peter hammers with four hammers all day long.

Peter hammers with five hammers five hammers five hammers (use your head)  Peter hammers with five hammers And then he goes to sleep!