Homeschool Resistance? How to Keep Love of Learning Alive in the Upper Grades

Studies demonstrate widespread declines in enjoyment of school starting in 4th grade. What makes kids lose interest in school? And how can you bring that excitement back?

Emily Veno
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May 15, 2024

Homeschool vs. Online School: Pros and Cons of Each Option

The pandemic has made homeschooling easier than ever before with a boom of online options from curriculum, to part-time programs, to full-time schools. But which is best for your family?

Emily Veno
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September 23, 2023

Meet Trevor Baker

Prisma High School’s Launchpad Program will prepare learners to tackle their next phase, be it college, training, or an exciting career. Trevor Baker, our LaunchPad program designer, describes how he sets learners up for success.

Emily Veno
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September 14, 2023

Decision Making for Kids

You might have to jump in at first. But eventually, with the right modeling and practice, kids can develop the skills to make thoughtful decisions.

Emily Veno
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September 13, 2023

Meet Gabe DellaVecchia

Middle School Curriculum Designer Gabe, an expert in interdisciplinary learning with a PhD from the University of Michigan, explains how he designs themes that blend together STEM and literacy.

Emily Veno
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September 7, 2023

Activities for Homeschoolers: 45 Unique Ideas

One of the most fun parts of being a homeschooling parent is creating fun learning experiences for your kiddos! In this post, we share our favorite at-home activities and online resources.

Emily Veno
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September 6, 2023

Meet Helen Reinecke

Our Head of Middle School Curriculum explains how her team blends core subjects and real-world topics to design “hard fun” cycle themes.

Emily Veno
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August 31, 2023

Emotional Intelligence for Middle and High Schoolers

One of the reasons our team wanted to develop a new kind of school was because we felt traditional schooling doesn’t put enough emphasis on developing emotionally intelligent kids. But what is emotional intelligence and how do you develop it?

Emily Veno
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August 30, 2023

Meet Carolyn Ruffin

"Carolyn is a miracle worker in math. Piper's attitude towards math has improved so much this year. It's never been her favorite subject but Carolyn's patience and encouragement has made such a positive impact." -Alexia A., Prisma parent

Emily Veno
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August 24, 2023

Media Literacy for Kids: The Ultimate Guide

Media literacy is touted as one of the most important “21st century skills” for kids to master, in line with creativity, communication, and grit. Thinking through the amount of time most of us spend interacting with some form of media each day makes a good case for this.

Emily Veno
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August 23, 2023

Meet Lauren Green

“Lauren is fantastic and has struck a nice balance of connecting with Cooper and keeping him on task. I'm impressed to see real growth in Cooper around self awareness, reflecting on his “glows and grows,” and goal setting.” -Kym J., Prisma parent

Emily Veno
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August 17, 2023

Meet Kimberly Harlan

“I've seen growth in my kids, and most importantly a solid relationship between them and their coaches. We feel so grateful for these amazing humans that have entered our kids' lives. My kids' words exactly: ‘These teachers actually want to be here. They really care!’ ” -Katie M., Parent in Kimberly’s Cohort

Emily Veno
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August 14, 2023

Teach Your Child About Investing: 12 Fun Ideas

By introducing these concepts at home, you're setting your child up to be more financially responsible and savvy, giving them the tools to navigate an increasingly complex financial world.

Emily Veno
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August 8, 2023

Meet Javi Bernatas

“I’m so happy to have an opportunity to call out Javi. As a math educator myself I am really impressed with how he presents math concepts, differentiates for and challenges learners as needed. From a social-emotional perspective he is so kind, patient and invested in the kids as a whole. I am so happy he is Brynn’s math coach.” -Chandra S., Prisma parent

Emily Veno
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July 31, 2023

Frustration Tolerance: Tips for Building this Skill by Age

The ability to tolerate frustration is not merely about weathering the storm of the moment, but about instilling the persistence, adaptability, and resilience that set your child up for future success.

Emily Veno
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July 28, 2023

Meet Angie Foucher

“We are eternally grateful for Prisma and the wonderful people who work there - especially the coaches - whose patience and expertise make our kids feel seen and heard and loved while also coaching them to learn knowledge and skills.” -Ashley S., Parent in Angie’s cohort

Emily Veno
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July 25, 2023

Prisma Earns Cognia Accreditation

We are thrilled to announce that Prisma has earned accreditation from the Cognia Global Education Commission.

Emily Veno
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July 24, 2023

Homeschool Writing Curriculum: 17 Actually Engaging Options

The specifics of a writing curriculum will vary, but a comprehensive curriculum should cover a progression of skills, increasing in complexity and sophistication from elementary to high school. Here's which homeschool writing programs best prepare kids to be great writers.

Emily Veno
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July 21, 2023

Meet James McManus

"Thank you for the bottom of our hearts for showing Story what it means to show up and do the hard work.” -Jenna W, Prisma Parent

Emily Veno
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July 18, 2023

Neurodivergent Parenting: Struggles and Superpowers

Your unique way of processing the world brings with it challenges and rewards that color your parenting journey.

Emily Veno
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July 14, 2023

Meet Kristi Hertzog

“Kristi sent Madeline a little note saying how much she likes seeing Madeline everyday, and Madeline grinned from ear to ear. Certainly a nice reminder of how different the relationship has been between coach and student compared to what we saw in public school.” -Pamela D., Prisma Parent

Emily Veno
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July 13, 2023

Gifted Kids Face These 6 Challenges, According to Science

Many people assume advanced intellectual ability sets kids up for success in school, so when gifted kids struggle, it can be confusing for educators and parents.

Emily Veno
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July 7, 2023

Meet Cindy Wong

“Cindy is AMAZING! I’m so blown away by her accommodations, reprioritizing Parker’s to do lists, and always providing tons of encouragement. I’m knocked off my socks everytime I overhear her doing anything, really.” -Priscilla W., Prisma Parent

Emily Veno
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June 29, 2023

Matilda, Henry & Jessica’s Prisma Story

The first big surprise for me was the amazing team I would get to help me. I didn’t feel so alone when it came to supporting my kids' academic education.

Jessica Fox
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June 28, 2023

Meet Natalie Bragg

“Natalie is so amazing and Karl has become very close with her. This year has seen Karl expand in his learning very much." -Anna H., Prisma parent

Emily Veno
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June 20, 2023

Meet Gwyn Gaafary

“Gwyn has been so wonderful to Jack. She is so relatable and authentic and really kind. She immediately bonded with him, and has really given him the freedom to be creative and take risks. She has made education and the whole "school experience" a safe place for him. With her support and encouragement, she has really made him thrive.” -Wren W., Prisma parent

Emily Veno
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June 16, 2023

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