So what are DoodleLoops, exactly, and how do I use them?
DoodleLoops are the creation and passion of Sandy Baker, a lifelong educator who desired to enhance social and emotional growth and promote creativity amongst elementary-age children with a simple, unique and exciting teaching tool designed to strengthen reading, writing and language arts skills.
Knowledge meets imagination on every DoodleLoops page. Starting with some form of a simple prompt – a shape, an incomplete picture, a letter or number, etc. – children are encouraged to apply what they already know or have learned, and what they envision in their own mind’s eye, to express themselves and further their learning. For more on The Baker Method of Learning, see below.
DoodleLoops’ recently updated Second Edition includes 10 distinct and complementary volumes across four broad categories (Drawing and Writing, Emotional Development, Language Arts Skills, and Reading and Literature), with each book containing over 130 pages of DoodleLoops pages. Click here to browse and purchase!
DoodleLoops can be used to teach and reinforce a wide variety of skills and assess students’ progress in almost every area of the curriculum.
DoodleLoops are designed to be fun, to be easy, to be flexible according to a child’s skill level, and to be replicable. There’s no one way to complete a DoodleLoops page, therefore the experience and value is endless.
Meet The Author
Sandy Baker is an educator, published author, illustrator, workshop facilitator and consultant with over forty years of experience! Sandy served as a classroom teacher of grades K through 2 for 37 years. She now has a large personal tutoring practice, which spans Pre-K through the eighth grade.
She has done freelance writing and illustrating for numerous publishing companies; developed a literature-based reading program for grades K through 3; and has conducted workshops, lectures and seminars all over the United States on her DoodleLoops series and literature-based reading instruction.
Sandy is passionate about making learning more meaningful and exciting. She has achieved her passion through the creation of DoodleLoops! She is delighted to share them with you!
Sandy receives and personally reads every comment, question, review and DoodleLoops sample you share with us, so please don’t hesitate to be in touch!
Sandy and the DoodleLoops team are based out of Northbrook, Illinois.
The Baker Method
Sandy Baker’s development of DoodleLoops embraces the broad principles of a “triple loop learning” concept, in which learners – here, children in particular – are encouraged to move beyond simple problem solving (“1st Loop”) and problem reframing (“2nd Loop”) to bring forward their own experience and applied creative personalization as the means for learning how to learn, i.e. the “3rd loop.”
By using DoodleLoops, children have the unique opportunity to internalize new knowledge, taking it forward and creating something new from it; using their own perceptions, insights and inherent creativity to make something unique and the learning process so much more meaningful and unforgettable versus traditional learning techniques
At the third loop is where one’s “third eye” lives – where perception goes beyond ordinary sight to personalized vision, enlightenment and creativity.
DoodleLoops believes that there is inherent creativity in every person, and that this creativity has the power to enable and enhance learning processes.
The Baker Method makes learning more meaningful and unforgettable by providing every DoodleLoops page as an opportunity for learning to create, and creating to learn.
Meet The Doodle!
The Doodle, who serves as DoodleLoops’ mascot and frequently plays the role of friendly guide for educator and children through the books, is a visual representation of the “third eye” of creativity.