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Clearing/Setting Table

Learning to set table

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


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


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


  • 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)

Music Playlist

"Three Little Birdies"
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)

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 an apple tree

Two red apples look down 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!