Learning to Set the Table: Homemade Placemats

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We had fun making placemats to help the girls learn how to set the table. The good news is that they have been setting the table for us (almost) every night since their completion. Visit my post over at Simple Kids to get the details 🙂


With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.



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  1. Hey Mariah – what a wonderful site you have. Well done.
    I needed your playful learning reminder today.
    In my quest to reorganise our homework zone I stumbled on your site and it is certainly inspiring! Thanks for the ebook too.
    I just wondered, I have a First Grader and a Third grader. My little one has no trouble with spelling and seems to be flying along, taking it all in. My girl struggles with her spelling, it’s just not easy for her. We have downloaded a few really helpful spelling phonics books from Alison Clarke (Aussie speechie) that have been great. However I just wondered how your girls have faired in the spelling department. I know they have spell check in this digital age but I still want them to be able to be confident spellers and writers!
    We have the children in a public school at the moment and I despair some days!
    Anyway thank you for the reminder to stop and let them explore and learn and discover.
    Best wishes.

    1. Hi Megan – Thank you so much for your comment 🙂 For spelling, I have found that writing for pleasure offers great opportunities for learning basic spelling conventions. For both of my girls, whenever they would ask me to spell a word, I would have them listen carefully for the sounds and write all the sounds they could hear themselves. Here is a link to a post where I describe this process (https://playfullearning.net/writing-center-for-a-friend/). Although my girls are young here, I continue to go through the same process with them on a daily basis…

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