You Probably Already Know This, But . . .

oldalgebraSeptember 27, 2010

I just learned it.

Since I'm starting to teach my grandchildren how to set a table, I was glad to have come across this little memory device. I thought some of you might be interested in using it with your own little sweeties.

I came across this on an internet page where people wrote about something they were doing wrong all their lives. The last sentence will make you remember what it was like to be very young and "out to dinner" with the grown-ups.

"I learned less than a year ago how to figure out which glass is mine when sitting with a big group at a round table: curl your middle, ring, and pinky fingers on each hand down to touch your thumb while leaving your pointer finger straight up. One hand will be it the shape of a lower-case b, and that is the side with your bread plate; the other hand will be in the shape of a lower-case d, and that is the side with your drink.

Before, I had to wait until someone sitting next to me claimed a glass and bread plate before I could start enjoying anything, and half the time they were wrong anyway. Making letters in my lap is a much, much better way to do it."

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jeannespines

Great memory trick! Good for kids & we older kids! I think I've got that one locked in now, too! Thanks, OA! Jeanne S.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2010 at 10:20AM
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luckygal

That is just brilliant OA! Definitely something I'll show my Grands.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2010 at 10:31AM
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trudymom

I don't have any grandkids yet, but it's a great trick for me.

Thanks!

    Bookmark   September 27, 2010 at 10:54AM
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christmascandy

OA,
great mnemonic device.
Of course, being the Type AA person that I am I did it wrong first and had my palms facing down, so it was backward! : (
So, I would just add "have your palms facing you." Then it works perfectly.

TFS,
Candy

    Bookmark   September 27, 2010 at 11:13AM
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kathleen_li

And then there's BIN for "blade in" for the knife. I taught my gdau that one.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2010 at 8:33PM
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Purplemoon

You want ME to remember WHAT????????????

    Bookmark   September 27, 2010 at 11:06PM
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slinkey

OA...great lesson...here's another..

One of the lessons we taught the kids
in our Montessori Program, was how to set a table -
(part of being self-reliant)

Fork, Spoon & Knife

FORK has four letters, so does LEFT;
SPOON & KNIFE have five letters, so does RIGHT.

Fork left, spoon and knife right.
This was one of the daily activities (they could choose) in the classroom that
they loved taking turns at... also napkin folding.

jane

    Bookmark   September 28, 2010 at 1:41AM
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oldalgebra

Thanks for the additional lessons, Kathleen and Jane.

You know, Jane, now that you mention it, setting the table is one of the jobs my grandchildren don't ever seem to mind doing - at least not yet!

    Bookmark   September 28, 2010 at 7:01AM
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kathleen_li

LOL,when my 2 and half yo gson gets hungry he puts the mats out on the table and says time to eat! :)
The older one runs for the napkin rings, she likes picking out which ones we will use.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2010 at 2:07PM
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work_in_progress_08

Great thread. I taught DD at an early age, however, my young neice and nephew need ALOT of help.

I bought them "The Golden Rules of Etiquette at The Plaza", gave it as a little gift at holiday time a few years ago. Great reference book for kids, easy, fun, not at all difficult. Well it seems to me that the book probably found its way to the circular file, as I've seen no improvement, but hey, I did give it a shot. Also, it was not their gift, per se, only a little something extra to go along with the main gift. I thought their DM might read it with/to them? Apparently that has not happened. LOL

I am definitely going to go over your little memory device with them next time I see them. Hopefully, using their own hands will be of great assistance. Fingers crossed.

Thanks for sharing!

    Bookmark   September 28, 2010 at 8:11PM
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slinkey

One of the most popular activities I find that kids love, both in school and at home, is helping prepare the food, setting the table and also clearing the table - (quick cleanup means 'dessert')!! Also, serving, even if it's just on a small level such as - (juice/snacks/etc)..
They really enjoy a proud sense of accomplishment.

jane

    Bookmark   September 28, 2010 at 8:45PM
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slinkey

One of the most popular activities I find that kids love, both in school and at home, is helping prepare the food, setting the table and also clearing the table - (quick cleanup means 'dessert')!! Also, serving, even if it's just on a small level such as - (juice/snacks/etc)..
They really enjoy a proud sense of accomplishment.

jane

    Bookmark   September 28, 2010 at 8:49PM
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phonegirl

This will be fun to share with DGD when she comes down next time. Had training today and got to spend a few hours with her afterwards. She is so fun and makes me laugh so stinkin' hard every time I see her.

Punk

    Bookmark   September 28, 2010 at 11:58PM
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jaybird

hmmmmm I think I am looking at something whacko...
my left hand makes a d and my right hand makes a b...
BUT the glasses actually belong on the right and the B&B plate belongs on the left.....
help...what am I doing wrong????
thanks!

    Bookmark   September 29, 2010 at 1:51PM
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lynninnewmexico

What a good idea. I'm going to remember that one as I'm hoping for grandbabies . . . someday! I printed out a made-for-kids picture for my own when they were small. It showed graphically and simply where everything went. I like your idea because it's PORTABLE ;^D
Lynn

    Bookmark   September 29, 2010 at 2:21PM
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