One Kindergarten, Two Sets of Multiples


534079_crayon_on_a_white_paperHaving two or more students with the same name can be confusing (Emma A., Emma B., and Emma C., for instance).  Teaching twins can be a challenge.  I once taught two sets of twins at once.  But a Colorado Springs kindergarten teacher is looking at an especially unique opportunity this fall — nine of her students come from two different families, one set of quadruplets and one set of quints.

Coleman, who teaches at Prairie Hills Elementary School in Academy School District 20, is a mom of multiples herself, four-year-old twin boys.  And it’s her experience that drew moms April Langenbahn and Lyndsey Denny to her classroom and ultimately convinced them to enroll their kids.  “It’s important to have someone who understands because I know that from the start my kids outnumber you five to one,” Denny told the Gazette.

If either family goes on vacation or catches a bug, Coleman’s likely to temporarily lose a good percentage of her class.  But right now, she says that despite her unique population, her class is like any other kindergarten out there — noisy and fun.

Has your child ever had a major group of multiples in their class?  How did it affect the dynamic?  And if you’re a parent of multiples, how did you decide where to place your children in school?