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Montessori at Home: Setting the Table

Updated: Aug 29, 2023

Today’s post is all about a skill that you will encounter just about every day of your life: setting the table! At home, we hope you are setting the table for your parents before breakfast, lunch, dinner or even all three meals.

When you go out to eat at a restaurant, you will have a table set up for you. If you know how a place setting is put together, you will know where things like your drink or fork are.

Setting the table is an important skill to have. If everyone knows what fork theirs is, we’re not sharing germs or bumping into each other, accidentally spilling or dripping or dropping.

Children love opportunities to be a part of the community, the family. Also children love big works and independence - this work speaks to all these needs and meets children where they are developmentally.

In the Montessori approach, chores are not seen as mere tasks but as opportunities for holistic development. They enable children to grow intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically while building a foundation of life skills that will serve them well throughout their lives. By involving children in the practical aspects of everyday life, Montessori education nurtures their potential to become responsible, capable, and confident individuals.

Here is a tutorial on how to properly set a table:

First, place a dinner plate on top of a placemat.

Next, place a cup on the upper right side of the placemat.

Then, place a napkin next to the plate on the left-hand side.

Next, place a fork on top of the napkin.

Then, place a knife on the opposite side of the plate from the fork (note: the blade should face inward).

Finally, place a spoon to the right of the knife.

Want to see a visual representation of this? Click here.

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