Idiom of the week: “Bringing home the bacon”

by Laurie Laurendeau on April 18, 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: “Bringing home the bacon”

DEFINITION: To bring home the money needed for a family to live

EXAMPLES:  1. He got a promotion at work, so now he’ll really be bringing home the bacon!

2. When she finished college, she couldn’t wait to start working to bring home the bacon.

ACTIVITY:  Draw a picture of a big pig and fill it with money making ideas, big or small!


  • As always, playing math games at home is a great way to reinforce math skills learned in school.
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