Tips to support your child’s education – even when school’s out

With more than 75 years of quality banking experience and as Minnesota’s largest teacher-based credit union, we do our best to support education within our community.

With upcoming professional development days and holiday breaks even though school’s out, supporting your child as they get ready to finish off the first half of the academic year is more important than ever.

The United States Department of Education considers families to be partners in education and encourages you to show your child how much you value their education. Here are some things you can do to help support your child.

Read together.
According to research, children who read at home with their parents do better in school. Listen to your child and let them hear and see you read. Take them on trips to your local library to choose a book to read together. As you read, talk about the book – Why did that happen? What would you have done differently? Reading is also a great way to introduce financial lessons to your children. Finance in the Classroom has a list of books you can read with your child to help them learn important lessons about money.

Express your expectations.
Whether it’s for a single test or a difficult class, communicate high expectations for your child’s academic performance. By doing so without burdening them will help instill the importance of their work ethic. Encourage your child to work hard and stretch their minds in order to reach their full potential. Always help them do their best.

 Talk to them.
It’s amazing how much you can learn about your child’s academic achievements through a simple conversation at the kitchen table. Talk about what they learned at school each day, something they found difficult and something they look forward to learning more about. By taking an interest in the things that stand out to your child, it shows them you value what they are learning.

 Keep in touch with teachers.
Always stay informed about how your child is doing from the perspective of their teacher. Be sure you know what standards they are expected to meet and specifics to help your student with the subjects and concepts they are currently learning.

Research shows that when families get involved in education, their children perform better in school and grow up to be more successful in life.

Let us support your banking needs so you can support your student’s education.