Idiom of the Week: “Heart of gold”

by Laurie Laurendeau on March 14, 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:  “Heart of gold”

DEFINITION: Someone who is very kind, helpful, and would do anything for you

EXAMPLES:  1. The woman who volunteers at the hospital sure has a heart of gold.

2. My grandma brought me chicken noodle soup when I was sick.  She has a heart of gold.

ACTIVITY:  Draw a large gold heart, and inside it, illustrate various situations where someone is demonstrating their heart of gold.


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