SEPTEMBER IDIOMS: “Handle with kid gloves” on Day 247 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… like a smooth HANDLING WITH KID GLOVES transition from summer to September.

Mary Todd Lincoln's Lambskin Kid Gloves

– The idiom handle with kid gloves refers to treating someone or something gently, delicately, carefully.

– Origin of handle with kid gloves IDIOM:  The word kid refers to the soft, smooth leather made from young goat or lamb-skins… often used to make fine gloves.  Kid gloves are meant to be soft and delicate to the touch.

The idiom handle with kid gloves can be used in a positive way with kids.  For example, as kids are adjusting to new teachers, classrooms, classmates and more challenging work, it’s okay to HANDLE WITH KID GLOVES during the adjustment.  You may wish to teach this idiom to older siblings for developing gentle and patient care as younger siblings begin their school year, too.  

Dress your kids for back-to-school success with knowledge and attention to handling with kid gloves!

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: “Handle with kid gloves” on Day 247 of 365 Days of Literacy for Kids was last modified: September 4th, 2011 by Sharon Couto
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SEPTEMBER IDIOMS: “Handle with kid gloves” on Day 247 of 365 Days of Literacy for Kids was last modified: September 4th, 2011 by Sharon Couto