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winter idioms

I am not complaining about a few “snow days” off this week (neither of which actually involved snow), but I am tired of the cold, dreary weather.  My oldest used to describe these gray days as “gooey” when he was a toddler, and I agree that Winter can get a bit gloomy for this Florida girl.  The upsides of this week included being able to wear jammies for a good part of the day and spending time with my own children.  One other bonus of a little time off is that this time of year got me thinking (I know, a dangerous thing) about winter idioms.   I created a FREE winter idiom worksheet on TPT, click HERE

It’s so interesting to me when talking to families that speak languages other than English, the fascination with idioms and how to use them accurately.  It is a particularly tricky skill that my students with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) also struggle with using in conversation.  When we work on these figurative language concepts, I try to tackle it from multiple directions. For example:

1.  Talk about the literal meanings and the figurative meanings  

2.  Draw pictures of literal and non-literal for a visual dictionary, as this is helpful too for younger students or students with writing difficulties

3.  Give them the definition and see if they can give me the idiom

4.  Use the idiom in a sentence to provide accurate meaning

5.  Try to come up with other concept related idioms (for example: winter)

6.  Listen to me using the idiom and giving me a thumbs up (correct) or thumbs down (incorrect) to indicate comprehension

7.  Embed these idioms into a writing activity

8.  Bonus challenge:  try to use at least one idiom at home with family each night this week (give mom and dad a heads up prior to the week so they know what’ s going on and can reinforce the accurate use and fuss over them appropriately!)

I also came across some great Youtube videos on idioms (not winter ones, but chock FULL of clever references for your kids to tackle).  This one was created by Ringling Art school and is fantastic for older students:

Stay warm friends…..

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