Teaching idioms and other language concepts using familiar photos—let’s crack some eggs!

“You’ve got to crack a few eggs to make an omelet!”  Are you familiar with this expression?  It means: in order to achieve something, it is inevitable and necessary that something be destroyed. It is my new, favorite idiom and I will surely be adding it to my list when addressing this goal in my speech/language therapy sessions!     I will most definitely be able to provide visual examples of this idiom when I discuss it with my students in the new school year!  You see, I’ve been a little M.I.A. lately when it comes to blogging due to our current “omelet making adventures!”  Last week we started renovating our kitchen and “cracking many an egg!”  I knew it would be messy and inconvenient for a while, which is why we waited until the summer to tackle the project.  And like all home renovations, you never really know what you’re in for until you start tearing away at the layers, which can also lead to finding potential problems that you weren’t expecting or aware of!   Electrical, plumbing, etc……we are finding that our home has its share of issues!!

I like to take pictures of home projects to document the progress along the way and gain a greater appreciation of the final result.  While taking photos of my kitchen, it dawned on me that I could use the pictures as a teachable moment with my son as well as my students.  I think the “egg expression” is clearly demonstrated in the picture below!


I started looking through many of the photos I have been taking this summer and found ways to connect a number of them to idiomatic expressions and other speech/language goals.  Sharing photos of my real-life experiences from the summer will be a great way to start off the new school year and will help my students understand, remember and apply idioms and other language concepts with greater ease.