Idioms Notebooking Pages

by Jimmie Lanley on January 9, 2012

Thanks to Nicole (@crookedriverhs) for this excellent idea for a notebooking page. I put out a Tweet on Twitter asking for requests, and she came back with quite a few suggestions, one of which was idioms. Great language arts topic, Nicole!

I made four different layouts so that you could choose from more lines for writing or more boxes for illustrating. There is room for the idiom itself and its meaning, of course, but there is also plenty of extra space for writing example sentences or situations where you would use the expression. You can also explain the origin or draw an illustration of the saying. I can imagine some funny illustrations if the sayings are taken literally.

I find what when I spend time around older people, I learn new idioms. For example, my mom recently taught me the phrase “set one’s cap for.” Do you know the meaning? The answer is at the bottom of the post.

I love learning the stories behind our idioms, too. In fact, I’ve lately been reading the books by Charles E. Funk such as Thereby Hangs A Tale: Stories of Curious Word Origins. Since each idiom gets only a paragraph or two of attention, these books are great to have in your bag or by the bed when there are just a few minutes of reading time available. These are not children’s books, however.

For a child’s use, the Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms is a good reference for explaining the idioms you may encounter in your books. If your child loves words, the idiom dictionary will make good recreational reading as she pores over the meanings and strange origins of some of our most common expressions and sayings. It is a good book to keep in the car and use as educated discussion starters.

Here’s a sample sentence with the idiom “set one’s cap for.”

“You are widowed; he is a widower. Since he has money and property, you should set your cap for him.”

It means to pursue for romance or marriage.

As always, I love to hear when you use the free printables from The Notebooking Fairy in your homeschool. Enjoy!

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