Together or Apart? Multiples in the Classroom

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Many states have enacted “twins laws” allowing parental input into decisions about classroom placement of multiples. Check to see if your state is one of them.


One of the most difficult decisions parents of twins and triplets have to make when their children enter school is whether to keep them together in the classroom or separate them. Experts in twins research and multiple-birth advocacy groups suggest that the needs of each child be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. As you begin the decision making process, here are some questions to consider:

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  1. Are your multiples more confident together or apart? 
  2. Do they encourage and support one another when both good and bad things happen to each child? 
  3. Is one child overly dependent on the other? Does one child attempt to “parent” or boss the other child too much? 
  4. Do they make friends easily? In social settings, do they play with other children or exclusively with each other? 
  5. Does one child consistently speak for (or over) the other? 
  6. Is there anything going on at home (illness, injury, divorce, death in the family) that might make the comfort of being together important this year?
  7. Are classrooms in the school grouped by ability? Is there more than one teacher whose teaching methods match your children's optimal learning styles? 

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