Thursday, July 23, 2009

To Split or Not to Split

Many of us see Kindergarten on the horizon. I found an interesting opinion on this one on the How do you do it? blog. Click here to read the entire posting all all the comments.

An excerpt is below:

“Unless there is a compelling reason to separate them, the National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs ( NOMOTC) and other experts advocate keeping them together, especially in early elementary years.

The NOMOTC website has a great article, some of which we have listed below. For the entire article, click on this link.

“Dr. Nancy Segal, author and advocate of keeping multiples together says, “In our culture we appreciate uniqueness, and people wrongly equate twin closeness with a lack of individuality.” She continues, “There’s research that suggests that when friends are in the same class, they’re more exploratory, they cling to the teacher less. So, if we are worried about individuality, why do we let best friends go to school together?” In a University of Wisconsin and the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College in London research study, 878 pairs of twins from ages 5 to 7 found that twins separated early were observed to be more anxious and emotionally distressed than those who remained in the same class. This was especially true for identical twins.”

We're wondering what your experiences have been like. Please post experiences and opinions in the comments below so others may benefit. Thanks!


  1. My twins are only 2 1/2, so I have a couple years before I really have to worry about it, however, I asked my older son's Kindergarten teacher this question this past year because I was curious. She also advised keeping them together at least the first year mainly for simplicity reasons. It is easier when they are just starting in the school for the family to have to deal with one teacher and one version of homework versus two different ones- which can be overwhelming for parents and kids just starting out. Then, they can be separated later when/if they desire to be in the years after they and their parents have adjusted to them being in school. I thought that made a lot of sense- it goes along with this article as well.

  2. This is a great article. I too have been looking for research on this even though mine are only 2 1/2. Thanks for sharing!

  3. To add to this, be sure to check with your district. Some local districts have strict policies concerning multiples. Even as you are looking for a new home, it might be a good idea to check with the school principal to be sure that your wishes will be honored. This varies greatly from district to district.


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