Sparkabilities is designed to develop essential learning skills while entertaining your baby. The segments are based on the PlayWisely developmental system and our research emanating from the fields of the neurosciences and cognitive sciences.
Essential learning skills are not unique to any particular subject but form the foundation for the acquisition of all knowledge. Sparkabilities addresses the development of these essential learning skills through segments designed to develop cognitive skills. Learn more >
The Sparkabilites segments are designed according to specific developmental stages. They build on one another becoming more challenging while remaining familiar to your baby. Each title repeats theme segments creating a pattern within the show!
The Sparkabilities series is created and produced by Jana Leveritt. Her career in the video and film industry began as a 3D computer animator.
She then went on to found Janimation, a successful design, animation and visual effects studio in Dallas, Texas.
In 2000 after the birth of her daughter, Jana sold Janimation in order to spend more time at home with her new baby. She continued her work through contract positions with Janimation and other post-production and editorial companies. During this time she worked as a compositor on Spy Kids 2 and 3, created the opening piece for the new Barney season and continued her motion graphic design and visual effects work on numerous commercial projects.
In 2004 she enrolled her son in a class for babies at a local gym that developed both cognitive and motor skills for babies. There she met the creator of the PlayWisely program, Patty Hannan, and felt that there was great potential to use it as a basis for a next generation series of infant developmental videos.
The content of the Sparkabilities series is largely based on Patty Hannan's PlayWisely program and methodologies.
The PlayWisely program is a brain-based play system designed to stimulate the essential foundation skills for natural learning and movement ability during the brain's early critical wiring period from birth to three.
As an all-American gymnast, Patty's path to the infant development field has not been a traditional one. After her career as a gymnast, she established the protocol for and participated in human performance research on the unique movement capabilities of world class gymnasts with NASA's Space Biomedical Research Institute.
In 2001, Patty began developing her theories into a program for babies that could be implemented in gyms and schools. The PlayWisely program develops cognitive skills through a unique (patent pending) flashcard system and fine and gross motor skills through specifically designed age appropriate exercises.