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Two by Two is a Nonprofit Developing

Social-Emotional Learning Programs for…

PreK - 5th Grade



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We are committed to developing responsible citizens of strong character who care for, respect, and appreciate people, animals, and the environment.

Who We Are

We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a kinder world for people, animals, and the environment through engaging social-emotional learning programming.

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Why We Do It

We believe that character education is a vital component of a child’s psychological and social/emotional development that should be implemented thoughtfully.

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What We Do

By including animals in Two by Two's hands-on, thought-provoking social-emotional learning instruction, children's HEARTS are captured and learning takes root!

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My class has completed the Two by Two Kindhearted Kids Program. What a great experience! The students learned so much about being a Kindhearted Kid. They became more responsible, more empathetic and have a better understanding of the golden rule! They absolutely loved having their own pets and several shared pictures and stories about what they were doing with them at home.

Melissa Bennett | Educator in Newton, IA

Core Values

Two by Two®'s eight core values - Fairness, Kindness, Respect, Responsibility, Empathy, Cooperation, Perseverance, and Citizenship - were carefully selected based on 21st Century education standards, specifically the skills children need to succeed in work, school, and life.  Animal mascots represent each core value, which were determined according to Native American Legends.   The mascots help focus attention, break down barriers, and spark fun and imaginative play. 



What does being "fair" mean?  The Two by Two® FAIRNESS mascot, NIABI,  teaches children about how to share and care, in order to be fair!  FAIRNESS is the first core value in Two by Two®'s lessons, and is the foundation to begin teaching about good character.



ODAKOTAH, our puppy mascot, represents KINDNESS! He is very loyal, faithful, protective, and of course, very kind.  ODAKOTAH teaches children simple ways to be kind to all living creatures, like smile at someone, hug your pet daily, and give your plants a good drink of water.  Teaching KINDNESS is for everyone, but starts socially and emotionally at the preschool level.



Our brown bear mascot named HANTAYWEE is very brave and powerful.  He represents RESPECT, because he faithfully protects his baby cubs, which is a respectful thing to do!  The Native Americans describe HANTAYWEE as being "patient," because he can sleep all winter.  A respectful person is patient with others!



ZONTA, the bee, represents RESPONSIBILITY!  The Native Americans think of a bee as very trustworthy, because bees pollinate flowering plants.  By spreading pollen from one flower to another, they help flowerzzzz grow.  Yes, ZONTA is very responsible and helps children be organized, productive, and very wizzzze about it!



EMPATHY is the number one trait children need to learn, as it puts a stop to bullying.  The fun, loving dolphin named MAKAWEE represents EMPATHY.  Dolphins care about people and even save them!  So they are able to put their fin in someone else's shoes!  Well, kind of!



The beaver is the best teammate ever!   Since the Native American name, DEGOTOGA, means "standing together," the beaver became the perfect animal mascot to represent COOPERATION.  The beaver reminds children that working together is an important part of school, work, and life!



The turtle is your slooow, patient mascot who represents PERSEVERANCE. The turtle's name is KUWANLELENTA, meaning  "make beautiful surroundings," all in good time!  KUWANLELENTA definitely takes his time and is very patient, which pays off in the long run. PERSEVERANCE is a must for success!



NADIE, the CITIZENSHIP mascot is definitely wise, as the eagle represents all 8 core values:  Fairness, Kindness, Respect, Responsibility, Empathy, Cooperation, and Perseverance.  WOW!  To be a good citizen, children learn they have to have positive character traits!

Two by Two Across the Nation

A map of where our social-emotional learning programs are being used.  Current states with programming are shown in green!

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