Something in the water?

First Posted: 9/9/2009

Teachers at B.H. Tharrington Primary School are seeing double. Nine times.
It started out innocently enough. Sam and Sarah Martin and Kala and Rommie Speaks started school. The next year, Nazadia and Nazonika Bell, Logan and Hunter Billings, Kayla and Kaya McDowell and Saige and Aiden Horton entered the mix.
Now, there are nine sets of twins attending Tharrington Primary in kindergarten through second grade. Angalee and Kaylee Cole, Martin and Peter Cook and Virginia and William Hiatt completed the equation by starting kindergarten this fall.
Out of a population of 360 kindergarten through second grade students, five percent of them are a twin.
If that is not strange enough, both of the custodians serving the school are one of sets of twins. Rufus Ramsey and Betty Davis both have twin sisters.
Only two of the sets are identical, a fact teachers are undoubtedly thankful for. Even then, however, the school has made a point of splitting the siblings up into different classrooms.
Its important to remember that theyre all individuals, said Beth Martin, first-grade teacher and the mother of Sam and Sarah. Having twins of my own, I dont think of them as twins, I think of them as individuals. I like to split up twins because I think they need their space.
Splitting the siblings up into separate classrooms allows them to get to know other children. Martin has three children in her room that are one of twins while their siblings are just around the corner in another first-grade classroom. The teachers attempt to stay off the playground when the other class is out there in order to maintain the separation.
They need to branch out and meet other people, said Martin.
Even though these siblings share the same birthday and are usually born only minutes apart, their personalities can be as different as night and day.
Their learning abilities are so different and they dont have the same learning issues so we dont usually compare notes, said Martin of working with teachers who have the other twin. Youre just so busy thinking about all of the kids you dont think about them being a twin.
Although twins are different, Martin finds that they usually try to get along and agree with each other. She thinks it makes it easier on them if they just decide to get along.
They already have another person they have to get along with. My two play well together. They always try to agree with the other one, she said. They always list the other one as their best friend.
Even though the twins are in different classrooms, the teachers make a conscious effort to keep them on the same page as far as what they are learning in class and what they have for homework. This makes it easier on parents who try to help their children at home.
We do make a conscious effort. As a parent of twins, I do appreciate that, said Martin.
Contact Morgan Wall at [email protected] or 719-1929.

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