Prodigy is a fantasy/adventure game for grades 1-8 that mixes in math learning. It can be played on a computer or via the app.
I find this program to be a wonderful addition to our homeschooling resources, but I don’t think it’s a fit for everyone.
Some families might not like the magical aspects in the game. There are also battles that some families might find to be unnecessary. Also, the levels seem to jump around a bit in terms of the types of questions that are asked.
I think varying the types of questions asked is great for introducing new concepts. It can be frustrating for the child but I think that’s wonderful because it gives time to stop and review the concept.
There’s nothing wrong with stopping the game and then going to Youtube to watch some videos that explain the concept, making up a few problems to see if it is understood, and then going back to playing the game. But that’s just how we operate over here.
According to the game’s website: “With a diagnostic test to place students in the correct grade, embedded assessments, and automatic differentiation, Prodigy ensures that each one of your students succeed at their own pace.”
We use this game as a supplement. It’s not a full teaching tool, though it does give reports on the child’s progress.
I’ve found that my children have increased their interest in math from using this program. I also like that it gives them educational to do on the computer.
My little one wanted to give his opinion on this, “I like the game because it helps me learn math. I like that you get coins.” – Starfire, age 6.
Some parents don’t like that the game encourages the kids to want to upgrade to a paid account so that they can get more prizes. Nothing in life is free so it doesn’t bother me. If I want to buy something, I buy it. If the answer is no, then it’s no.
The game can be played for free without upgrading. But if you do choose to upgrade, it’s $8.95 a month if you pay monthly, $7.95 a month if you pay for 6-months in advanced, and $4.99 a month if you pay for a year.