TwoWings Learning Center
Frequently Asked Questions
How is TwoWings Learning Center different from other learning centers in the area?
All learning centers have a specific need they wish to address. The need that TwoWings sees is that parents (and primary care-givers) need specific tools in order to provide their children with the best education. Many parents are concerned that this equates to money. They do not take control of their children's education because they feel that they do not have the financial resources to give their children the education that the public educational system promises them.
Isn't this true? How can a parent give their children the same education that a public institution can provide when the parent doesn't have the same resources?
Up until now, children whose parents choose to homeschool may have been at a slight disadvantage, which is why we created the Learning Center, to provide parents with a science lab and the services of facilitators who will help them in the educational process with their children. This is a cooperative effort in which parents choose the people who will be in contact with their child. The parent takes many of the courses with their children, or sometimes takes the class alone, choosing to present it, with their own interpretation, to their children in their home.
Do we have to be a homeschooling family to use the Learning Center?
No, everyone is welcome at the Center. The purpose of the Center is to empower the parent while enriching the child's learning experiences. The Learning Center endeavors to help the parent to recognize their innate ability to guide their children. Parents are the child's first and most impressionable teachers. The most important thing that a parent can do is to create an environment, in their home, conducive to learning. This environment looks upon mistakes as part of the learning process and nothing to be ashamed of. This type of environment is filled with love and encouragement, in which parents set the example and learn with the child. At the Learning Center classes are provided day and night as well as on many weekends. With a variety of hours and days most work schedules should be accommodated. Parents and children are encouraged to team up and present classes, as well.
What is a teacher-learner?
A teacher-learner is someone who facilitates a class, or tutors a participant while learning themselves. We encourage all facilitators to be learners, daily learning more about the subject they are guiding others through. While there are always subjects that have absolute answers, for example 2+2=4, there are a variety of ways in which to come to that answer. The teacher-learner is always looking for new ways to apply, or understand, absolutes. When a teacher is in a learning mode themselves they can more readily understand the participant's point of view. This equal footing, between the teacher (facilitator) and the student, creates an atmosphere of respectful partnership.
If a child is an "equal" with their teacher, won't they fail to learn how to respect adults?
Respect of all living beings needs to be shown at all times. Parents need to be constantly modeling this behavior themselves and a child will naturally follow the set pattern. In the matter of respect, the child is equal to the adult. A child deserves respect, just as the adult does. As far as learning goes, a child (or anyone for that matter) learns more quickly from someone they respect over someone he or she merely fears. Fear does not need, nor should it be, a component in education.
On a similar basis, parents should be careful how they educate their children on matters of respectfulness to adults versus blind obedience to adults. As sad as it is, we live in dangerous times. We should never train our children to be blindly obedient to all adults. If your child has a specific concern regarding any adult they should be seriously listened to and the situation should be resolved to everyone's satisfaction.
Do parents (or a primary care giver) have to be with their children at all times at the Learning Center?
The Learning Center is not a daycare or babysitting facility. Children at the Learning Center need to be involved in a specific activity or under the supervision of an adult. The Learning Center does not monitor behavior nor evaluate whether or not a child is in a situation that they might not be capable of handling. An adult should be with the child if there is any question as to the safety of the child. The Learning Center encourages family participation in classes. If the parents are not able to attend themselves this might be a good opportunity to get another family member (aunt, uncle, grandparent, older cousin or sibling) involved. Children learn very quickly with people of different ages. A child showing a grandparent how to do research on the computer learns twice as quickly as racing through a lesson in competition with a child of his or her own age. Children do not HAVE to be accompanied by an adult but parents must make the decision as to whether or not the child is in a safe environment. The parent must decide whether or not the child is in control of themselves enough to follow the rules, to stay away from dangerous situations, and to be respectful to themselves and to others.
What sort of "dangerous" situations would there be at the Learning Center?
The learning Center has various insects and animals that could bite or sting if handled. No one should reach into cages or aquariums. These are not locked, they have simple handles. A child should not be left alone at the Learning Center if they would be inclined to not understand how to follow rules.
Are the facilitators trained to be caretakers for children?
No, the facilitators will not be caretakers. They are there to present their viewpoint on specific subjects, which may or may not be the parents viewpoint. Furthermore, although all facilitators are required to fill out forms allowing criminal background checks to be run as well as taking part in random drug and alcohol testing the Learning Center cautions against leaving children alone with anyone that the parent does not know. A facilitator may discuss material that a parent does not agree with and would prefer their child not hear. For example, although all facilitators are encouraged to clarify when they are sharing a theory they may forget to do so. A science facilitator may discuss the theory of the age of the planet. Some parents may be angry if, for religious reasons, they believe the planet to be only 6,000 years old and their child is learning that it is 5,000,000 years old, or learning a technique of carbon dating. A parent needs to be comfortable about allowing their child to be exposed to different theories or the parent should remain with their child so that they can guide the child in the types of education they will be exposed to. This is where the parent is empowered to make a decision regarding their child's education.
So, if I take a class with my child, what am I getting out of it?
So many things! If you are not homeschooling and have not taught your child, in recent years, you will be re-establishing contact with how your child best learns. Is your child a hands-on type? Does your child learn best while listening to music or while talking things out? Does your child need to be stimulated with beauty before they can grasp a concept or does your child learn best by contemplating a problem for awhile before coming up with a solution? As you work through things together, you will better understand how to help your child in their education, whether they are in the public or private sector of schooling or whether you decide to educate them at home. You will be better equipped to communicate to a teacher how your child learns. You will know, of your own knowledge, what things your child is capable of doing at a specific time in their life. Some children are ready for fractions at the age of 8, others were ready at 6 and some won't be ready until the age of 11. It is your job to understand when your child is ready to learn a certain task. It is your job to understand that while the state may require that ALL third graders know the times table, YOU can decide that since your child isn't ready for that concept, its okay if he gets a "C" in math this term. You will know your child so well that you will be able to determine if he is slacking at school or if the education being offered is lacking. Some children quit learning because it is too hard; others quit because it is too easy. The sad part is that the teachers in the public school system can not possibly teach in a manner that is appealing to all of their students.
91995 HWY 202
Astoria OR 97103