It’s Monday--rainy day...indoor recess...full moon...Monday! Whew! What a day!
Nonetheless, the kids were excited about our new quote for the week and by 8:30 were hounding me to put the new one up! The proverb this week comes from Italy.
“Every bird thinks its own nest is beautiful”
When researching this proverb I found out that in Italian it is “A ogni uccello il suo nido è bello.” In English, the nearest meaning of this phrase is: "There's no place like home" - the mantra of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. The literal translation from the Italian, however, is rather more poetic: "Every bird thinks his own nest is beautiful."
This simple proverb means that every living creature feels attached to its home or the place where it was born. It implies that the same is true of human beings. We all think that our own home and family are the most comforting and beautiful. This saying reminds us that what makes a place beautiful is the love and comfort that we find there. We don’t need to spend a lot of money and have the rarest or most impressive belongings. We just need to feel at home.
As usual the kids knew right away what this quote meant. When I asked, several students responded with, “home sweet home!” We talked a little about what home means to us. One of my students explained it the best. He said, “Your house Mr. B is the best house in your eyes, my house is the best in my eyes. I asked him why? He said, “Neither house is better than the other, it’s just we like where we make memories.” He went on, “It can be a fancy house or a small house, but if my family isn't in it, it’s not home.
I had the students journal in their virtual journal on what makes home special to them. Enjoy the responses and we will see you next Monday for a brand new quote! I also have a project up my sleeve. I can’t wait to launch it! When I do, you will be seeing me in your neighborhood very soon!
Have a great week!
“I love my home. It’s the only home I’ve known.”
“Grandma makes biscuits at home on Saturday morning.”
“I’m lucky to have central air in my house.”
“My home is made up of my mom, dad, brothers, sisters, cat, dogs, and fish. They make me so happy.”
“I’m lucky to have a nice home. It could be a cardboard box as long as mom and dad were with me.”