Children’s Insight

by David

About one in sixty-two thousand forwarded emails is worthy of reading.

This is one of them.

I thought all the teachers out there would like to read this. And if you want to do a similar exercise in class you can post some of the results in the comments. For the non-native speakers, if you want to know the correct version of any of these proverbs, just ask!


A first grade teacher collected well known proverbs. She gave each child in her class the first half of a proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb. Their insight may surprise you.

  • Better to be safe than … … Punch a 5th grader
  • Strike while the … … Bug is close
  • It’s always darkest before … … Daylight Savings Time
  • Never underestimate the power of … … Termites
  • You can lead a horse to water but … … how?
  • Don’t bite the hand that … … looks dirty
  • No news is … … impossible
  • A miss is as good as a … … Mr.
  • You can’t teach an old dog new … … math
  • If you lie down with dogs, you’ll … … stink in the morning
  • Love all, trust … … me
  • The pen is mightier than the … … pigs
  • An idle mind is … … The best way to relax
  • Where there’s smoke there’s … … pollution
  • Happy the bride who … … gets all the presents
  • A penny saved is … … not much
  • Two’s company, three’s … … the Musketeers
  • Don’t put off till tomorrow what … … you put on to go to bed
  • Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and … … you have to blow your nose.
  • None are so blind as … … Stevie Wonder
  • Children should be seen and not … … spanked or grounded
  • If at first you don’t succeed … … get new batteries
  • You get out of something what you … … see pictured on the box
  • When the blind leadeth the blind … … get out of the way

And the best one:

  • Better late than … … pregnant.

One Comment  leave one »


31.Jul.2008 - 12:41 pm

It´s amazing how alive the imagination is, especially that of a child.
We can always learn new proverbs, who said it has to end in a particular way…

 
Jane
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