SEPTEMBER IDIOMS: “Give the shirt off your back” on Day 251 of 365 Days of Literacy for Kids

Here on 365 Days of Literacy for Kids, your kids will be “dressed” with IDIOMS during the month of September.

IDIOMS are phrases that reveal “secrets” from the past. IDIOMS come from many sources, many languages, many authors, many cultures.  The “hidden” meanings in IDIOMS are great fun for kids, but also teach important, interesting and intriguing lessons in how language has developed and evolved over time.

Each SEPTEMBER IDIOM on 365 Days of Literacy for Kids will address something to do with clothing… such as teaching kids the meaning and origin of the very important give the shirt off your back idiom.

Ben, Henry & Alex learning the "shirt off your back" idiom...

– The idiom give the shirt off your back means generosity, giving, caring, kindness, helping those in need or in less fortunate circumstances.

– Origin of give the shirt off your back Idiom:  Give the shirt off your back is a term that comes all the way from writings and expressions of the 18th century… originally meaning to give away all possessions to someone in need.  Give the shirt off your back is a very visual idiom of great kindness.

The idiom give the shirt off your back is a wonderful way to teach kids the concept of great generosity and kindness… the sense of being cold and bare yourself by putting someone else first.  

Dress your kids for back-to-school success with knowledge and attention to giving the shirt off your back!

Take a few minutes each day in SEPTEMBER to teach the secrets of IDIOMS to your kids & grandkids.  Understanding IDIOMS is a wonderful way to enrich reading and language development.

And I’m not just talking through my hat!

SEPTEMBER IDIOMS: “Give the shirt off your back” on Day 251 of 365 Days of Literacy for Kids was last modified: September 8th, 2011 by Sharon Couto
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SEPTEMBER IDIOMS: “Give the shirt off your back” on Day 251 of 365 Days of Literacy for Kids was last modified: September 8th, 2011 by Sharon Couto