Idiom of the Week: “A little bird told me”

by Laurie Laurendeau on February 8, 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: “A little bird told me”

DEFINITION: Finding out some information from an unnamed source

EXAMPLES: 1. A little bird told me it’s your birthday today.

2. “How did you know I got an ‘A’ on my test?”  “Oh, a little bird told me.”

ACTIVITY: Have your child draw a big bird on a large piece of paper.  Draw a huge speaking bubble like you see in comic strips, and get your child to write some things that a little bird might tell someone.


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