The routine practices and social order in the kindergarten: how it is constructed by children
The paper explores how children's opinion on the routine practices in kindergarten can help to realize further steps in the preschool development. The thematic focus is the kindergarten as the space of day care and teaching, where children recognize the escribed norms and social order and realize their goals and desires in the space of kindergarten. How do children perceive social order, norms and rules of interacting in the kindergarten? How they see opportunities and limitations of their development in these norms and orders? 15 individual interviews were conducted with children from the age of 6 to 8 years in Moscow city. The study shows the functioning of preschools from the perspective of children: they understand the kindergarten as a space of game and communication with peers. The children’s answers stimulate to problematize the practices of catering and sleeping, the organization of walking space and the “emotional work” of teachers.