Here at DoodleHQ, we love education. Our co-founders are ex-teachers, and everyone who works in our company has demonstrated a passion for education, whether through previously working as a teacher, an LSA, a tutor or in other work. Why are we telling you this? Because education and educational research is always at the very forefront of what we do!
It’s generally accepted that there are three key learning styles: visual, auditory and kinaesthetic. As teachers, we know that a good lesson will contain elements which appeal to all three styles, so that all children are able to access the teaching. It’s no different in DoodleEnglish.
Below we have collated the different learning styles, and how we have used this knowledge to ensure DoodleEnglish is suitable for all children.
- Like seeing things written down in front of them
- Can often remember the pictures on a page
- Have a very strong sense of colour
How we support visual learners
Visual learners can be engaged by supporting them to create a picture in their mind, possibly giving them hints, or by writing in different colours.
DoodleEnglish uses this method; our explanations are written out and show worked examples so that children are able to see what it should look like.
Within the explanations and comprehension texts, we also use a range of coloured texts so that the eye is drawn to the key texts. As well as this, the instruction for each question is written at the top of the screen, so children are able to read it for themselves.
- Think in words and can verbalise concepts
- Are often good at spelling; they tend to be able to hear the different sounds
- Prefer to hear instructions or explanations rather than read them
How we support auditory learners
Auditory learners are most engaged when they are real aloud to, or when they verbally explain their ideas. As long as your device has text-to-speech availability, all of our questions, hints and explanations can be read out loud to the child.
Because we use your device’s text-to-speech function rather than recording our own audio, you can change the voice on your device to whatever best suits your child!
We have also minimised the text in all of our written content (where possible) so that children don’t have to listen to long reams of text in questions or in the help.
- Like to learn by doing
- Tend to be very active and unable to stay still for long
- ‘Show’ rather than ‘tell’
How we support kinaesthetic learners:
Movement and hands-on activities help kinaesthetic learners to keep engaged. We keep all of our activities short and sweet, so children do not get bored and give up.
Our questions styles are also very varied, so children don’t receive the same question style continuously, which can cause kinaesthetic learners to switch off. We have activities like ‘pop the words which…’, ‘sort the answers’, ‘drag and drop the words’, or ‘trace the word’ which give children the opportunity to actively practise their skills and physically manipulate the syntax.