Welcome to 1st grade - Making the best out of their first-day craze

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A 1st grader starting his first year in the big school can be pretty exciting, but at the same time, can also be daunting and nerve-wracking not only to the child but also to the parents. With more responsibilities and required independence from the child, kids can sometimes feel a little bit overwhelmed.

But don't worry, here are some tips gathered from foreign parents in Finland and Mannerheim Lastensuojeluliitto to make the transition smoother and make learning in the big school as fun and stress-free as much as possible.

1. Practice together with the child the simplest and safest way to go to school. Most schools in Finland prefer that the first graders should not ride a bike or any other rides with wheels especially without a helmet. So walking is a better option even though it might take longer. Walking is a healthier option and offers a much exciting journey. The child gets to breathe fresh air and for younger kids, every turn and every path is an adventure. Warn your child though not to talk with strangers or go with them when walking alone.

Some kids also take the bus going to schools. If they do, get them a bus card and load them monthly for kids, or a top-up amount.