Should you put your twins in separate classrooms? A lot of parents agonize over the choice. If you’re struggling to make that decision, let’s take a closer look at your options.
Twins in Separate Classrooms
The truth is that there’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to putting your twins in separate classrooms or keeping them together. Both options come with challenges, but both come with a lot of benefits, too. Ultimately, it’s up to you as a parent. At the end of the day, you’ll need to trust your own instincts. We’ve laid out some pros and cons for both choices below. Take a look at the next few paragraphs and see if they help you make the right choice. Once you’ve made your decision, trust that you’ve made the right one. As the parent, you’re the one who knows what’s best for your children.
Overcoming Change Together
Now, some parents choose not to put their twins in separate classrooms. One of the biggest reasons is because preschool is a big change. For some children, going to a new school and being separated from their twin would be too much change all at once. For these twins, being in the same classroom as their sibling gives them just enough familiarity to handle an unfamiliar situation.
Stepping-Stone to Kindergarten
If you don’t want your twins in separate classrooms yet, you can use preschool as a stepping-stone. Maybe they’ll go to separate classrooms in kindergarten. If that’s the case, you can prepare your twins. Let them know that they’ll be in different classrooms next year. Encourage them to do separate activities. For example, many preschool classes start their mornings with different “stations.” Children can play with blocks at the block station, read at the book station, etc. You might encourage your twins to choose different stations each morning.
On the other hand, some parents do put their twins in separate classrooms. Separate classrooms encourage independence. If your twins rely on each other for everything, some separation can be good for them. If one twin has a tendency to tell the other what to do, the more compliant twin will have the chance to gain some autonomy. Both twins will get to explore their personalities. They’ll also find their own friend groups and discover their own interests.
It’s normal for twins to have different academic needs. One twin may love numbers while the other prefers letters. One may struggle with spatial reasoning while the other needs help with fine motor skills. If you put your twins in separate classrooms, you make sure that each one can focus on their own academic needs. You’ll remove the pressure of living up to their twin’s success. Twins in separate classrooms also can’t rely on each other for the answers. They’ll have to find ways to figure it out on their own. As a result, they may gain some extra confidence, too.
Treasuring Time Together
Just because your twins are in different classrooms doesn’t mean that they’ll never see each other. They can play together on the playground and say hi to each other in the hallway. They’ll also be reunited when you pick them up at the end of the day. When twins have the chance to be apart, they can appreciate all the time that they do spend together. They’ll gain some perspective and maybe even grow closer.
Like we said, when it comes to putting twins in separate classrooms, it’s ultimately your decision. However, if you need some extra help making that decision, we’re here for you. Your Legacy team can help you make the decision that will work best for you and your twins. Have more questions? Talk to us today. We’d love to help.