American Academy of Pediatrics

"It is parents' and caregivers' presence and attention that enrich children, not electronic games."

 

How TotSpark Works

Motivation 

Each Early Learning Set has two or more main characters that are introduced as multilayered toys for children to play with. Through hands-on play, children form a bond with these characters that motivates them to want to learn more about the animals they represent.

Our Learning Play Tools

The learning play tools in our Early Learning Sets then build on children’s interest in the characters they’ve been playing with.  Step by step, building on this interest, TotSpark expands their knowledge from the simple to the more complex, from careful observation and “reading” of the pictures, to introduction of new vocabulary and concepts, and finally to a story that brings it all together.

 

This scaffolding of knowledge enhances learning and understanding.

A Partnership

Throughout this process, you, the parent, play a supportive role in your child’s learning.  This parent-child bond is a learning partnership where you engage with your child to enhance his or her learning, creativity, and play.  “It is parents’ and caregivers’ presence and attention that enrich children…”  (American Academy of Pediatrics).

What Children Learn in The Process

In this partnership, children are guided in expanding their knowledge and vocabulary and are encouraged to ask questions, to offer opinions, to modify and create their own stories, to express themselves and their ideas, to dialogue with you, to solve problems creatively – in short, to think independently.

Aren't They Too Young?

Too young? Not the way we've done it. In your partnership, you and your child are actively engaged in the playful learning process. We've taken care of everything by breaking it down into simple, easy to use steps for you to follow. 

Happy, Healthy and Smart

With TotSpark, you provide a holistic experience that makes your child smarter in a happy and healthy way – no pressure, just fun and great playful learning with you.

"Children's creativity and play is enhanced by parents who engage with their children."

American Academy of Pediatrics

Keep the Bond with Your Child Strong

 

The TotSpark Method

Our hands-on, playful learning experience for young children 10 months to 6 years is based on a specific set of beliefs about:

How Children Learn

Children should be encouraged to think creatively and independently, to ask lots of questions and to express themselves with confidence.

Helping children gain the self-confidence 

to think independently is essential to their ability to be creative and innovative.

The deepest learning builds on and connects with what children have already learned.

Electronic devices are not the best way to teach young children.

Young children learn best with a supportive, adult partner one-on-one.

The best learning provides fun and gives children pleasure so that they want to continue learning.

The tools used in learning should be interesting and appealing to children and should stimulate their curiosity.

The focus should not be on “right answers,” but instead, on creative, independent, innovative thinking.

 

The Model

Intellectual Synergy

Our model consists of seven different playful learning tools, all related to, working with, and supporting each other. Each tool can be used independently of the others, but is better and more effective when used together.

Innovative Thinkers

With our tools, children are taught to think creatively, to question, and to seek solutions that are “outside the box.” In this way, they are encouraged to be innovative, independent, and creative in their thinking. 

Our Learning Tools

    Let's See! Turn & Learn Picture Boards

  Did You Know? 

Discovery Cards

What Do You Think?

Storybook & More ​

In our three literacy tools, we layer the learning while introducing related vocabulary, concepts, and supporting facts that broaden and deepen what your child learns. This layering also enables children to better absorb and integrate what they're learning.

Puppetini

Magic Carpet Build-a-Scene

Puzzleez

3-D Definitely!

Our four learning-play tools are open ended and expand upon what your child has learned. What this means is that they continue to offer more challenging possibilities and new opportunities to learn. This enables your child to use their newly gained insights in creative problem solving. 

 

Features of the TotSpark Method 

Our playful learning tools can be used in partnership with an adult or independently.

The TotSpark Method and tools cultivate a sense of satisfaction and self-esteem built on feelings of independence, parental support and caring guidance.

Our methods and tools are effective when used with a single child or with a small group of children.

The preparation work has been done by Totspark to fully enable the adult to engage the child in the fun of playful learning.

We help build a solid educational foundation with a skill set that includes language literacy, numbers, shapes, spatial relationships, innovative thinking, and problem solving.

 

The Results

TotSpark Ready children:

Have a strong vocabulary and a good knowledge and concept base.

Love books and learning, and find them interesting and exciting. 

   

Try to connect, integrate and apply what they’ve learned.

Question and challenge facts they’re given to try to understand them more deeply.

Gain self-confidence and independence of thought because they know they're entitled to think for themselves.

Have every reason to look forward to a successful future,defining success for themselves.

Use their imagination to think creatively, looking for solutions that aren't obvious.