The educational value of DoodleLoops is endless. DoodleLoops help to develop and refine small motor skills. They are open-ended and allow children to use their creativity and imaginations. They can be used to teach, reinforce or review the following skills: Reading (fluency and comprehension), literature, phonics, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, punctuation, writing (including narrative, expository and persuasive), research, sequencing, inference and more. They can also be used to teach, reinforce or assess any area of the curriculum.
DoodleLoops can be used to work on almost any skill you are teaching, because they touch upon so many areas of the curriculum. They can be used for a specific lesson as well and in a center, with little or no teacher preparation.
It is advisable to have some of your students share their DoodleLoops creations with the rest of the class. This will inspire other students who may have some difficulty coming up with ideas to think outside of the box and tap into their creativity. You may also choose to spend a short time conferencing with students who are having difficulty coming up with ideas. Guide them by making some suggestions as they get started. You will find that as their creativity is sparked, ideas will begin to flow.
Accept and praise all drawings. Your children can make anything they want out of a DoodleLoops page, and it doesn’t have to be perfectly drawn. As long as they work carefully and do their best, all students’ drawings should be accepted. Even students who dislike drawing will feel a freedom of expression in doing a DoodleLoops!
These children should not be expected to write as much as you may expect from your more advanced writers. It is also recommended that these children dictate their stories to you, record their own stories or use the computer to type their stories.
All DoodleLoops books (1 through 10) are available on this website as immediately downloadable PDFs ($6.99 each or less when purchased in pre-packaged, discounted bundles), which easily allow printing and reproduction for your child or children in your classroom. You can also purchase paperback editions of each book through popular online book retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-a-Million ($11.99 each). We kindly ask that purchasing teachers, administrators and schools limit their reproduction of individual DoodleLoops pages to one classroom (max. 15-20 children), and recommend for interested educators that they considering investing in a paperback edition of desired titles for each of their students, as a completed DoodleLoops book makes for a great keepsake and portfolio piece. Please contact us directly about volume discounts for paperback versions of any/all DoodleLoops books in the series. At present, the DoodleLoops team is also investigating how a monthly subscription model would work, i.e. a subscriber would pay a nominal monthly fee to receive a regular bundle of new DoodleLoops – across a variety of subjects and covering topics of the moment in a timely manner – in their e-mail inboxes on a periodic basis. Stay tuned!
DoodleLoops are available as easily duplicated digital downloads or in paperback versions from popular retailers. For digital downloads, we kindly ask that teachers limit the use of each DoodleLoops PDF purchase to ONE classroom only, and that if colleagues are interested in using DoodleLoops in other classrooms that they make their own separate purchases. Similarly, we kindly ask that parents limit the use of each PDF purchase to ONE household. For groups or organizations interested in widespread and consistent DoodleLoops use, we recommend that you consider the purchase of one set of DoodleLoops’ paperback books for each classroom or even each child, as they make great collectibles and memories of a child’s learning arc. We also invite you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to purchase a large quantity of books, for which potential discounts are available on an individual basis. Thanks for your support of our small educational business!
Absolutely! There is no language barrier with DoodleLoops! DoodleLoops have been used with great success with non-English speaking students and bilingual students. Actually, using DoodleLoops affords these students a wonderful way to express themselves through their drawings and by writing in their native languages!
Yes they can. Because students have fun when doing DoodleLoops, many frustrations are lifted. I have used DoodleLoops very successfully with my special needs students over the years. A colleague who teaches the hearing impaired feels that DoodleLoops is one of the most useful tools she has used in order to develop and encourage expressive language skills with her hearing impaired students.
Give positive feedback to all students as they work on their DoodleLoops, encouraging them to expand their drawings and ideas. Share some of the more intricate artwork and creative and detailed stories with the rest of the class or with other classes. Display DoodleLoops as well.
DoodleLoops are perfect for cooperative learning activities! Students can work in pairs of small groups to create DoodleLoops together. Be sure to give your students clear guidelines about how to work cooperatively before they begin.
DoodleLoops give children the freedom to explore their creativity and to express themselves freely. They feel good about what they have created and, in turn, enjoy writing about it, especially when encouraged and praised as they work. DoodleLoops give children the unique opportunity to express their feelings artistically and creatively and to share knowledge through their creations. What a great way to build self-esteem and confidence!
DoodleLoops can be used with any writing skill that you wish to teach, among them such skills as proper usage of capital and lower case letters; proper punctuation; proper sentence formation; use of beginning, middle and end in a story; use of descriptive words; various writing genres (such as narrative, expository and persuasive writing); proper paragraph formation; use of quotation marks, commas, and more.
DoodleLoops are perfect for Portfolio Assessment. You can also use a specific DoodleLoops book, page or series of pages to assess what your students have learned in many areas of the curriculum. There are DoodleLoops that relate to the continents, habitats, weather, outer space, transportation, historical figures, plants, holidays and more.
We call the one-eyed character on the cover of all DoodleLoops books “the Doodle,” and he represents the primary concept behind the book series and its approach. The Doodle, whose eye represents the “third eye” of creativity, is unique, fun, supportive and imaginative.
For DoodleLoops it means beginning with a simple shape, concept or idea and using that idea to spark the imagination, which leads a child to create, draw, write and share with enthsuaism. It’s all a huge learning loop!
DoodleLoops are so open-ended that they can be used with any child at any developmental level. Advanced and gifted students can go as far as their imaginations and knowledge will take them!
Open-ended self-expression and drawing opportunities promote and facilitate the processes necessary for writing and reading skills to develop and expand. As the children write about their DoodleLoops and share them, they are automatically improving and building their reading skills. All of the DoodleLoops books involve writing and reading.
DoodleLoops are perfect for use outside of school. They are fun and creative. They provide educational activities that children love. Just read the directions, and let your children express themselves through their DoodleLoops creations. DoodleLoops books (digital and paperback versions) also make great gifts!
DoodleLoops can be used with preschool children through elementary school (Pre-K to 6). With that said, at many of Sandy Baker’s workshops and lectures, even educators and parents have become engrossed in creating their own DoodleLoops!
All writing activities in DoodleLoops address the writing component integrated into all core subjects across the Common Core standards.
We love to hear from our community of DoodleLoopers and welcome any and all comments, suggestions and ideas. Already we're planning for additional volumes addressing such topics as Math, Geography, History and more. If you would like to see a particular subject or skill addressed using The Baker Method, please let us know and we’ll certainly give it our full DoodleLoops consideration!