Is It Always Best to Split Up Twins in Kindergarten?

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Is It Always Best to Split Up Twins in Kindergarten?

Study Questions Principals' Tendency to Split Up Twins in Kindergarten (2014)



Do you have twins or multiples? If they are school age (or about to be) then you probably have already wondered if separating them at school is in their best interest.  This study takes a look at whether or not principals should enforce mandatory separation of twins in kindergarten?  
Results of Surveys in Study:
  • Most principals favor kindergarten separation and the ideals of individualism.
  • Many principals admit separating twins in kindergarten over the objections of parents.
  • Most kindergarten teachers would not mind having a set of twins in their class.
  • Most parents favor joint placement of twins in kindergarten, yet the majority of twins are separated in kindergarten.
  • Few parents believe it is acceptable for principals to set separation policies and enforce twin separation in schools.
  • Most preschool and kindergarten twins want to stay together in kindergarten.
  • As they age, older twins are somewhat more likely to favor separation in school.
  • School separation can be traumatic for some twins.


 parenting twins kindergarten

Parenting Twins or Multiples? Take a look at these suggestions for when parents should think about separating twins or multiples in preschool or kindergarten?


  • when the twins simply want to be separated
  • when one twin is markedly more able academically than the other
  • when insensitive remarks or comparisons by others lead to perceptions of inadequacy by one twin,
  • when there is intense competitiveness so that one child’s main goal is to keep up with or
  • beat their twin
  • when twins exploit their relationship to habitually cheat or play tricks
  • when one twin is a constant distraction to the other twin
  • when one twin is resentful or embarrassed by the presence of the other twin
  • when (in opposite-sex twins) the female is overprotective of or dominant over her
  • male twin
  • when one twin has special needs or special abilities and must attend a separate class, program, or school.



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