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As you may know, there is great debate over whether or not to separate twins into different classrooms when they enter kindergarten. The Oakland Public School District, to its credit, seems to leave this decision to the parents and teachers in collaboration, with no set policy either way.

I have my own opinions on the subject but I'm open to persuasion. So I asked April and Simone each which they'd prefer, same classroom or different?

I barely got the question out before April answered "different." Simone went on to talk about how they should have not just separate classrooms but entirely different schools, but I put the kibosh on that one.

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How great that they agree with each other!
It's about the only time :)
Oh. This makes me grin.
So what's your opinion? :)

I have no twins, nor any bambini, but I think one good thing about separate classes is that it's one less opportunity for a bunch of people to not be able to get their names straight.
I am leaning toward separation (and was leaning that way before they told me their opinion :) ).
I know it happens, but I'm still amazed that anyone would be able to confuse April and Simone for each other. They have pretty distinct appearances.
It's becoming less and less common as time goes on, fortunately.
That's awesome.
A co-worker of mine has twins in their first year in college, and she still holds the record for highest birth weight of twins at Marin General. Her daughters choose colleges 300 miles apart from each other, and when I asked how they were doing after 12 years of being in the same classroom (small, private schooling) she said they have such diverse interests and groups of friends they never really did anything together anyway.

Separate classrooms have the advantage of helping sorting things out by last name alphabetical (if they have the same last name) and it will double the number of parent-teacher conferences you have. It'll also double the number of kids to potentially invite to parties. Double the number of worm songs and fart jokes passed down from classmates' older siblings?

For me, ideally, I'd meet the teachers and figure out which teacher has a better chance of being a great fit for each kid, though I will say usually the kids get along with any teacher, but parents don't always.
It also doubles the homework hours.

We'll just rent out a banquet hall for birthday parties from now on.

I think in most places we are going to get a chance to meet with the teachers and administrators and discuss our preferences in the spring. We don't get to pick teachers but that's fine with me.
There are two monozygotic twins in [daughter]'s Kindergarten class, E. and L. She likes them both, but in a way that suggests that much of her interest in them is motivated by a kind of fascination with the concept of twins, rather than an appreciation of them as individual human beings. This in spite of the fact that E. is her reading partner. It also sometimes leads her to overlook other children in the class with whom she might have more in common. I have to think that being the objects of that kind of fascination may not always be comfortable for E. and L. So on the basis of that anecdote, if I had twins I'd be inclined toward separation.
Oddly, I just read a study about this, and there was some indication that separating monozygotic twins in Kindergarten was actually slightly worse for them on an overall, statistical level (and only in some dimensions, especially regarding "internalizing," i.e. mostly anxiety if I'm reading the study right; also some effect on reading scores). Which surprised me a *lot*.

Here's the link:

http://twinslaw.com/Twins_Reseach__files/tully%20report%20merged%20.pdf

I think there must be tradeoffs either way.
I am not a twin, but if somebody had asked my opinion about me and my sister, I would have suggested entirely different cities.

I still would.
my brother has twins and they stayed in the same class until 2nd grade. It really negatively impacted on of them as she relied on their twin language to communicate only with her brother, and asked him to speak for her much of the time. She also ended up falling behind the rest of her class academically because she leaned on him to verbally explain things instead of learning how to read herself, etc. Now that they're separated she's finding more of her own interests and such, but is still having a really hard time playing catch up from the years they were together. Big vote for separate in general from me. :) xo
My kids are older than yours and not twins, but when we switched to the new school, which uses multi-grade classes, they ended up in the same class for several months... and eventually when we had a sit-down with the teachers/etc.. for unrelated IEP-ish issues, we all came to the conclusion that moving O to the other available class would be good. It took a while to adjust, but now it is *so* much better .... because they know how to push each other's buttons and would do so. Also, they have more fun playing together at home when they aren't constantly together at school.