Mum reveals why she puts these word cutouts in her daughter’s lunchbox every day

An Australian mum has revealed she puts her young daughter’s sight words in her lunchbox every day so the youngster can learn to recognise them.

The mum shared a picture of her five-year-old’s Bento box recently, the words ‘in, is, it, to, that, of’ were sitting under the clear plastic of the main compartment.

‘Hopefully this helps her to recognise some of the sight words,’ the mum said.

She said the words are positioned so her daughter sees them when she eats her lunch.

An Australian mum has revealed she puts her young daughter's sight words in her lunchbox every day so the youngster can learn to recognise them

An Australian mum has revealed she puts her young daughter’s sight words in her lunchbox every day so the youngster can learn to recognise them

And other parents have applauded the woman for thinking outside of the box.

‘Thankyou. I love this idea. I’m going to make some cards up today,’ one mum said, adding that she has a little boy in kindergarten.

‘I am going to steal this and do letters and numbers in Chinese and English, another mum revealed.

‘Don’t think it hurts to do this. I bet your child will be very clever, with a mum dedicated to helping her learn in imaginative ways,’ praised another. 

But the words, which were sitting alongside the little girl’s cheese, pretzels and grapes, didn’t please everyone. 

‘I wonder if she actually reads it because I feel they would just talk to there friends and eat then play, it’s a good idea I have to try it and maybe test her at the end of every week,’ someone said.

‘While I understand why you have done this lunch is a break to reset kids brains from all the learning they do. They need this time to play and eat and relax so they are refreshed for the next session of they day. Imagine you are at work had a really big morning and go on lunch and your boss gives you work to do during lunch how refreshed and ready will you be after lunch,’ one mum lectured.

Others shared how they sprinkled words into their children’s lunchboxes.

WHAT ARE SIGHT WORDS? 

Sight words are simple words which occur most frequently in reading and writing.

Because they are so frequent it is important readers know what they are and understand them immediately.

This is especially true for children as sight words help them to approach reading with confidence.

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‘I used to add words to my girls lunch, love notes and I would carve words into her banana the night before and she would come home to tell me what it was,’ one mum said.

Some mums shared their little tips on helping their kids with simple words and numbers.

‘A mini whiteboard in the back seat pocket is another great tip that we used weekly. Kids can practice spelling, maths and play games on the way to school,’ one mum said. 

‘We do sight word bingo. And I pull the Nerf guns out and we say the word then shoot the word,’ one fun mum said. 

‘We do similar with an egg flip! Say the word out loud, they find and flip like a pancake,’ another said.

‘Awesome idea, you can also write the words on the ground in chalk (like hopscotch) and then kids have to jump on that word when you call it out,’ another suggested.