How to Homeschool with Prodigy: 3 Easy Steps for Success
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If you’re a parent, you’re already well aware of the whirlwind this school year has been!
And with the way learning has changed, it’s been tough for many parents to keep their kids learning at home while also making sure they stay safe and healthy.
As a solution, many more parents are choosing to homeschool this year. Whether you’re new to homeschooling or not, it can be tough to find a balance and make sure your child is learning everything they need to advance through their grade level.
Luckily, Prodigy is a useful tool to help you get there. That’s why we’re going to show you how to homeschool with Prodigy in three easy steps!
Benefits of homeschooling
Homeschooling is more popular than ever right now. In fact, it’s up 5% from last year — that’s a huge change!
If you’ve chosen to homeschool your child this year, you might be wondering if you made the right decision.
Here are just a few reasons homeschooling is a great choice for kids — especially this year:
- Kids stay safe at home as much as possible
- Easier to target your child’s exact learning goals
- Better schedule flexibility and a customized curriculum
- Allows you to put more focus on your child's needs (physical or mental health, social emotional learning, outdoor activities etc.)
How to use Prodigy for homeschooling
Want to enhance homeschooling with Prodigy, but not quite sure how to get the most out of it?
We’ll take you through it step-by-step to make it as easy as possible for you.
Why is Prodigy a good homeschooling tool?
Prodigy can positively support your homeschooling goals. That’s because it’s:
- Effective — Prodigy is correlated with higher academic performance in students who use it.
- Aligned — Align with your region’s curriculum to ensure your child is learning the same math as their peers.
- Insightful — Get up-to-date performance insights with personalized reports to support your child’s learning.
- Adaptive — Prodigy’s algorithm automatically tailors content to your child’s unique learning needs, to keep them from getting discouraged or bored.
- Flexible — Prodigy encourages kids to practice math independently and develop a growth mindset on their own. It’s also an educational, enjoyable and healthy use of screen time.
- Engaging — Above all, Prodigy is fun. While students have a blast exploring the Prodigy world, they’re also answering math questions and building key skills!
How does homeschooling with Prodigy work?
Once you decide to homeschool with Prodigy, here’s what will happen:
- Your child plays Prodigy Math Game (and loves it!) Players go on mini-adventures, complete quests and engage in exciting math battles — all while answering math questions to level up and earn rewards.
- The more they play, the more data you’ll get to see their progress and support them where they need it.
- You’ll use your insights to assign specific topics and skills. This way, the math questions they encounter in-game will align with areas they need to practice.
And if you’re looking for extra support, try a free 1:1 online tutoring session with one of our certified math coaches. They’ll customize their style and lessons to your child’s learning needs and preferences, to help them fall in love with learning and reach their highest potential!
P.S. — Have you tried our activity calendars? Made by the Prodigy teachers who create our in-game content, these scheduled activities will keep your child engaged and effectively learning at home!
How to homeschool with Prodigy in 3 easy steps
Ready to get started? Follow these three steps to help your child love learning math at home!
1. Sign your child up and encourage them to play
Before you can start homeschooling with Prodigy, your child needs to play Prodigy Math Game!
Visit the Prodigy website to create an account for your child. Then select Student when prompted to choose a user type.
After they create their account, it’s time to start playing!
Prodigy automatically keeps kids engaged, but you can hype it up even more and get them extra excited to play! Here’s how:
- Host your own virtual mini-tournament for your child and their friends
- Tell them about the latest game updates, like the brand new Harmony Island adventure
- Sign up for your own student account to play with them and challenge them to exciting math battles
- Encourage them to log in during special events and festivals like Winterfest (in-game from December 3 to January 7)
To add more structure to your child’s math practice, schedule Prodigy time every day. We recommend around 30 minutes of Prodigy a day for the best results.
2. Create your own teacher account
As you sign up for Prodigy, you’ll be prompted to select an account type based on what role you play for the math wizards in your life.
Each account serves a different purpose, based on the goals of teachers, parents and administrators.
But as a homeschooler, you’re juggling all of the above — no wonder we think you’re so awesome!
We recommend signing up for a teacher account above all else. It’ll give you the most control over your child’s in-game content when you’re using it to supplement math lessons.
Here’s what you can do with your free teacher account:
- Control the math content your child works on when they play Prodigy Math Game.
- See your child’s Placement Test results and their weekly activity.
- Track progress with in-depth teacher reports. View performance across various math skills by grade level, domain content, curriculum coverage and more.
- Set regular Assessments, such as Assignments and Plans, to control the math content your child works on when they play Prodigy Math Game.
- Make long-term plans for how you’ll use Prodigy throughout the year. Assessments can be scheduled well in advance, so you can keep aligning content for as long as you want.
Once you’ve signed up, select Create new class on the left side of your dashboard. Then add your child to the new classroom to connect their account with yours.
Now you’re ready to set your first Assessment and align your child’s in-game content with your at-home lessons!
3. Create a parent account
To get the most out of your Prodigy experience, we suggest creating a parent account to work alongside your teacher one.
Create another Prodigy account with a secondary email address, selecting Parent on your sign up screen.
Then select Add child from the top right corner of your dashboard. This will connect your child’s account to your parent account.
With your free parent account, you can:
- Set Goals to motivate your child based on the number of questions you want them answer in Prodigy.
- Incentivize them with in-game Rewards (fun prizes and gear for the game!) when they achieve their Goals.
- Stay up to date on their recent activity, weekly questions answered, curriculum progress and more using your parent dashboard and reports.
- Access monthly Report Cards for at-a-glance overview of your child’s progress each month.
Psst: want even more parent features to support their journey?
With Prodigy’s NEW Premium Membership features for parents, you’ll get even better insights to join your child on their learning journey and support them exactly where they need it
Your Premium Membership will engage your child with Prodigy like never before with awesome in-game features like:
- Full access to ALL game areas
- Extra special rewards, gear and accessories
- The ability to collect and evolve all 150+ pets
This boosts engagement and motivates them to spend more time playing, answer more math questions and build more math skills.
But we couldn’t leave out awesome parents like you! Your membership will also give you exclusive access to these brand new features for parents:
- ✍️ Practice Areas — Track your child’s strengths and learning obstacles and see specific examples of questions they’re struggling with.
- 📝 Practice Sheets — Print worksheets tailored to your child’s learning needs. Bonus: Each one includes fun Prodigy artwork for them to color in.
Don’t forget — you can save money on your Premium Membership with individual and family discounts.
How to create a great homeschooling environment
- Consider all your options. Think about the advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling (versus classroom, virtual or hybrid learning), so you can feel confident about your decision.
- Make sure you’re aligned with the homeschooling regulations for your state.
- Find the right learning tools to support your curriculum.
- Get involved with other homeschoolers. For example, join our parent Facebook community for tips and advice from other homeschooling parents!
- Build a daily schedule around your child’s learning goals. Make sure to include a variety of fun activities for homeschoolers (like riddles, indoor games and brain breaks for kids)
Now that you have the tools you need to get started, it’s time to enhance your homeschooling and help your child love learning at home!
Wishing you a great rest of the school year, full of lots of learning and quality time. 🏠