An easy and user-friendly game format to learn all the do's and don'ts of mealtime manners. Your child works independently! The book is the guide. Parents are the coaches. Life is the referee.

Table Setting Secret Codes Utensil Usage Eating Styles Pre-dinner Prep Game Plan #2 - Mealtime Manners Suzanne M. Wind
Table Setting  Secret Codes  Utensil Usage  Eating Styles  Pre-dinner Prep  Game Plan  2 - Mealtime Manners Suzanne M. Win...
CONTENTS A WORD TO THE COACHES (That means you, parents!) ..............................01 PLAYER INTRODUCTION ...........................................................................03 THE SMART CONTRACT ............................................................................04 LET THE GAMES BEGIN .............................................................................05 GAME PLAN #2 – MEALTIME MANNERS...............................................07 a) Table Setting 101 b) Pre-Dinner Prep c) Utensils @ Play d) The Winning Play Review e) Let’s Practice f) Answers g) Ticket Tally Score Board EXTRA BONUS............................................................................................37 AWARD CEREMONY..................................................................................47 **Copyrighted Material
CONTENTS A WORD TO THE COACHES  That means you, parents   ..............................01 PLAYER INTRODUCTION ..............
A WORD TO THE COACHES (That Means You, Parents!) The SMART Playbook was founded by a mom of three, with a possibly impossible mission: to offer families a simple and effective game plan to teach relevant life skills for a modern world. Teaching social skills and manners in this fast-paced, tech-focused society is easier said than done. How do we get our kids back to basics without overwhelming our time? THE SOLUTION: The SMART Playbook. Written in a relatable style and chock full of games, The SMART Playbook will lead you and your child in a collaborative effort to bring manners to a new generation. Your child is the player, the book is the guide, and you are the coach. Life is the referee. 5 SMART topics to help your child succeed in life! (The topic in this book is in the arrow.) Social Skill Basics –The principles of modern manners Mealtime Manners – A guide to mealtime etiquette Art of Conversation – Eloquent face-to-face conversational skills Restaurant Behavior – The finer points of restaurant conduct Technology Talk – Internet safety and responsible usage THE BENEFIT: The methods included in The SMART Playbook will help your child gain confidence, character, integrity and empathy in face-to-face situations and technology usage. **Copyrighted Material 01
A WORD TO THE COACHES  That Means You, Parents   The SMART Playbook was founded by a mom of three, with a possibly impossi...
HOW TO USE: Fill out the SMART contract. (This will help motivate your child to complete the lessons.) As your child completes game challenges, he or she earns tickets and you decide the prizes. As the coach, your job is to encourage your child to work on the lessons and take the challenges. When you play the family scrimmage games, reward your child with lots of tickets! THE RESULT: A happy and confident child thriving in a modern world. **Copyrighted Material 02
HOW TO USE  Fill out the SMART contract.  This will help motivate  your child to complete the lessons.  As your child comp...
THE SMART CONTRACT This is an agreement between you and your parents. Here’s your chance to ask for a cool prize in exchange for learning game-changing life skills. It’s a win-win situation. What’s a win-win situation, you might ask? It means you earn something super-cool (and of your own choosing!) by simply learning life rules and plays. Please fill this out before you begin. Date: ______________ I ______________________________agree to carefully read and complete The SMART Playbook. 1) I promise to share one fact every time I learn something new with the rest of the family. 2) I promise to share many games and activities so that my family can practice modern manners together. 3) Each time I finish a game challenge I’ll earn a ticket. My parents promise to reward me with the following (Make sure to determine how many tickets you need to win!): _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ 4) After completing this entire playbook, (besides being a Star Player) my parents agree to reward me with the following: _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ Good Luck Playing! ________________________ Player Signature ________________________ Coach Signature **Copyrighted Material 04
THE SMART CONTRACT  This is an agreement between you and your parents. Here   s your chance to ask for a cool prize in exc...
GAME PLAN=#2=-=MEALTIME MANNERS GOAL: Have you ever seen pigs eat at the farm? The farmer pours the food down and the pigs all swarm the food in a feeding frenzy. They will grab, push, snort and gulp down as much food as possible. You might be in a hurry to get to a game or super hungry after a long day at school, but don’t forget your manners at the table. Mealtime should be an enjoyable moment with friends and family. Let's all be on the same playing field and learn table manners. Life Skills Required: Equipment needed: Table Setting 101 You Game Directions: your coach (your parents) T icket Goal: Game Prize: _________________________ ______________________________________________ **Copyrighted Material 07
GAME PLAN  2 - MEALTIME MANNERS GOAL   Have you ever seen pigs eat at the farm  The farmer pours the food down and the pig...
Table SettIng 101 ARRANGE FLATWARE AROUND PLATE IN THE ORDER THAT IT IS USED! The Players and Positions The first eating utensil consisted of simple sharp stones to cut meat and fruit. Spoons were made from hollow pieces of wood or seashells and connected to a stick. Animal horns were also used to drink liquids. THE BASIC GAME PLAN B D MP N DF K S **1 inch spaces between arrow positions! **Copyrighted Material 08
Table SettIng 101  ARRANGE FLATWARE AROUND PLATE IN THE ORDER THAT IT IS USED   The Players and Positions  The first eatin...
The Main Plate (MP) Everything revolves around the MAIN PLATE –MP. MP The Bread Plate (b) B The Drink Glass (d) TIME OUT! D **Copyrighted Material 09
The Main Plate  MP   Everything revolves around the MAIN PLATE    MP.  MP  The Bread Plate  b   B  The Drink Glass  d   TI...
American Style in Action Step 1. Criss-Cross Step 2. Pass Step 3. Touch Down Step 4. Time Out Step 5. Play is Complete Continental Style in Action Step 1. Zig Zag & Score Step 2. Time Out Step 3. Play is Complete **Copyrighted Material 19
American Style in Action Step 1. Criss-Cross Step 2. Pass Step 3. Touch Down Step 4. Time Out Step 5. Play is Complete  Co...
LET'S PRACTICE! SECTION 1. You make the call! Choose DO or DON'T. Complete this section and earn 10 tickets! 1.___________ Eat and drink at the same time. 2.___________ Chew with your mouth open. 3.___________ Put elbows on the table. 4.___________ Wipe your mouth with the corners of your napkin. 5.___________ Sit up straight while eating. 6.___________ Eat and talk at the same time. 7.___________ Place your silverware on the table after use. 8.___________ Make loud noises while eating. 9.___________ Place your napkin in your lap before eating. 10.___________ Comb your hair at the table. 11.___________ Play video games at the table while eating. 12.___________ Get up from the table whenever you feel bored. 13.___________ Use any utensil in any order during each meal. 14.___________ Passing the food to the right or left is fine as long as you follow the same direction as everyone. 15.___________ Take food from your friend’s plate. 16.___________ Pick food out of your teeth with your hands. 17.___________ Use your fingers as a knife to help push up those little pieces of rice. 18.___________ Hold your fork with a clenched fist because it feels comfortable. 19.___________ Scrape the fork or spoon against your teeth. 20.___________ Place your napkin on the table during dinner. **Copyrighted Material 23
LET S PRACTICE   SECTION 1. You make the call  Choose DO or DON T. Complete this section and earn 10 tickets  1.__________...
SECTION 2. Can you make the free throw? - Earn 10 tickets! 1. You are eating at your friend's house for dinner. His mom lets you know that dinner is ready. What should you do? a. Just pick a seat. b. Wait for your friend or his mom to show you where to sit. c. Sit wherever there is an open spot. d. Take the usual spot that you always have at home. 2. What should you do when you first sit down at the table? a. Begin serving whatever food is close to you. b. Start a conversation. c. Tuck your napkin under your chin. d. Watch what the hostess does. 3. Mrs. Lee bows her head and says a prayer after she sits down. a. Just start eating. b. Bow your head and wait quietly. c. Stare at everyone. 4. You have just finished your pasta but you would like more because it was delicious! Your mom has more pasta on a serving plate. How can you get more food? a. Mom, will you please give me more pasta? b. Mom, may I please have more pasta? c. Can I have some more pasta? 5. Your friend comes over for dinner and begins playing with her food. She also decides to burp. What should you do? a. Begin playing with your food too. It looks like fun! **Copyrighted Material 24
SECTION 2. Can you make the free throw  - Earn 10 tickets  1. You are eating at your friend s house for dinner. His mom le...
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**Copyrighted Material MP – Main Plate DF – Dinner Fork K – Knife S – Spoon B – Bread Plate D – Drink N- Napkin SF – Salad Fork DS & F – Dessert Spoon & Fork W – Wine glass The Players....... N SF DF B MP DS & F K D S W FORMAL TABLE SETTING LINE UP
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DIY Conversation Cards Perk up your family talk! Just cut out the cards. Create the family talk jar. One person picks a card and everyone can answer the same question or everyone can pick their own. Listen and take turns. SEASONS OF THE YEAR FAVORITE SPORTS PLAN A DREAM VACATION What is your favorite season? Why? Do you know an interesting fact about your favorite season? Name a fun family activity during this season? What is your favorite sport? Who is your favorite player? Who is your favorite team? What’s an interesting fact? Where would you go on a dream vacation? Who would come? What would you do? Why? What’s an interesting fact about your choice? FAVORITE CANDY EXERCISE IMPORTANT SUPERPOWERS What type of candy do you like to eat? What would happen if you ate tons of candy every day? Why should we exercise? What are some forms of exercising? How many times a week should we exercise? What is your favorite type of exercise? What is your least favorite exercise? If you could have any superpower, which would you choose? Why? ANIMAL YOUR FAVORITE THING FAME FOR 10 SECONDS If you could be an animal, what would you be and why? What is one thing you couldn’t live without? Why? If you had the attention of the world for 10 seconds, what would you say? Why? BEST HOLIDAY INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT YOU TEACH A CLASS FOR A DAY What is your favorite holiday to celebrate? Why? Name three interesting things about you? If you had to teach a class for a day, what subject would you choose? What would you do? **Copyrighted Material
DIY Conversation Cards Perk up your family talk  Just cut out the cards. Create the family talk jar. One person picks a ca...
DECODE THE DRESS CODE Match your look with the place or situation INFORMAL - Come as you are! Jeans, Shorts, Pants, Sweatpants, Skirt, Casual Dress, T-Shirt, Sweatshirt, Long Sleeve Shirt, Collared Shirt, Sweater, Polo Shirt, Athletic Uniform, Casual Shoes CASUAL - Comfortable yet presentable! Jeans, Shorts, Pants, Skirt, Casual Dress, T-Shirt, Sweatshirt, Long Sleeve Shirt, Sweater, Collared Shirt, Polo shirt, Casual Shoes CASUAL ELEGANT - Dress to impress! Dress Pants, Dress Sweater, Party Dress or Skirt, Sweater Vest, Polo Shirt, Blazer, Dress Shirt, More Formal Shoes FORMAL - Dress to impress to the max! Formal Pants & Shirts, Your Nicest Party Skirt or Dress, Blazer, Suit, Formal Shoes (When in doubt ask an adult for help!) **Copyrighted Material
DECODE THE DRESS CODE  Match your look with the place or situation INFORMAL - Come as you are   Jeans, Shorts, Pants, Swea...
The SMART Playbook is available at www.thesmartplaybook.com. Buy as one complete book with all five game plans (Best Value!) or by topic. Tailor your game plan to your family needs! Telephone Smarts Character First Impressions Sportsmanship Commitment Game Plan #1 - Social Skill Basics Suzanne M. Wind Internet Safety Table Setting Rule Breakers Cyberbullying Secret Codes Utensil Usage Staying Balanced Digital Manners Eating Styles Pre-dinner Prep Game Plan #5 - Technology Talk Game Plan #2 - Mealtime Manners Suzanne M. Wind Suzanne M. Wind PLAY IT SMART ! Dress Code Magic Words The Game Plan for a Happy & Confident Child Suzanne M. Wind Who's Who Ordering 101 Eye Contact Introductions Manners Challenge Foods Conversation Guide Body Language Game Plan #4 - Restaurant Behavior Suzanne M. Wind Game Plan #3 - Art of Conversation Suzanne M. Wind **Copyrighted Material
The SMART Playbook is available at www.thesmartplaybook.com. Buy as one complete book with all five game plans  Best Value...
PLAY IT SMART ! The world is changing faster than ever before. Parents and children are busier and technology has presented new challenges we must face. But with all the texting, emailing, and posting, are children developing the social skills that will be required for life-long happiness, confidence and success? The SMART Playbook introduces the basics of social skills for the modern world and is packed with more than 100 games and challenges to keep your child motived, along with how-to guides for some of the finer points of social skill development. The SMART Playbook is your child's guide to five key topics! SOCIAL SKILL BASICS MEALTIME MANNERS ART OF CONVERSATION RESTAURANT BEHAVIOR TECHNOLOGY TALK Your child is the player. You are the coach. The book is your guide. Life is the referee. ARE YOU AND YOUR CHILD READY TO GET IN THE GAME? www.thesmartplaybook.com About the author: Suzanne lives in CT with her husband and three kids. Before kids, she was an international marketing executive In New York City. With a multi-cultural background, she was raised in more than six countries with four languages. Her career and living overseas taught her the importance of knowing and using the common language of manners and social skills to being your best. Today she's a mom with a mission, inspired to communicate social skills in a modern world to a new generation.
PLAY IT  SMART   The world is changing faster than ever before. Parents and children are busier and technology has present...