Idiom of the Week: “on cloud nine”

by Laurie Laurendeau on February 1, 2012

Idioms are short phrases or expressions that we use in the English language to express a thought in a more interesting manner.  Examples of idioms might include “in a pickle”, or “it’s raining cats and dogs”.  Children who struggle with reading comprehension often read quite literally what is on the page, and then the true meaning of the sentence can be lost.  Teaching your child a new idiom each week will help improve his/her ability to “read between the lines” in both oral speech and in written texts.  Have fun trying to use the idiom each week in everyday life!

IDIOM: “On cloud nine”

DEFINITION: To be really happy about something, ecstatic

EXAMPLES: 1. She was on cloud nine after opening the perfect gift.

2. After winning the tournament, he was on cloud nine.

ACTIVITY:  Take a large piece of paper or white posterboard and ask your child to draw a large cloud.  Get him to fill the large cloud with pictures (drawn or cut out of magazines) of people who are really happy and might be “on cloud nine”.  Ask him to think about times that he felt like he was on cloud nine in his own life.


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