PATTERN No. 2 MAKING BREAKFAST FOR SMALL CHILDREN

Key technologies: kitchen cupboard.

 

Interactional Setting of the Pattern: Kitchen; breakfast time (weekday)

Time: 07:19. Date: 12/05/98. Study: #2.

The sequence of interaction is situated in a small kitchen in a family home. Involved in the sequence are one adult male (Dad: approximate age: early thirties) and two young female children (Eden: approximate age: seven; and Levi: approximate age: three). The sequence displays the adult male and children making breakfast. It is part of the primary patterns making breakfast and getting ready for work.

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Organizational Context of the Pattern

Getting small children to take breakfast requires that they consent to eat particular things. This pattern articulates how the task of getting small children to consent to eating something specific for breakfast is organized.

 

The Pattern of Technology Usage

Kitchen cupboards are sites where a wide variety of particular objects reside and kept ready to hand for the occasions on which those objects are required. In the case of making breakfast for small children, the pattern of use consists of inspecting resident objects contained in the cupboard and using those objects to work up candidate solutions to the question: what do you want to eat?

 

The Work of the Pattern

Synopsis: The work of this simple sequence consists of asking what the kids want for breakfast? Answers to that question are worked up concertedly through considering a series of options made available by the contents of the cupboard which holds the breakfast cereals.

 

Transcript: 07:19. Adult male and two small children enter kitchen from upstairs. The children are talking to one another.

Dad: Levi what you having for breakfast?

Eden: Can I have a drink of your juice daddy?

Levi: Porridge.

Dad: Porridge.

Eden: Of my own juice?

Dad: Yeah.

Dad looking in kitchen cupboards. Kids talking to each other.

Dad: Which is your own juice Eden?

Eden: We havenít got any of our own.

Dad looking in cupboard.

Dad: Then what you on about then.

Eden: [Inaudible] points at Dadís glass of juice on table

Dad: Do you want some of that?

Eden: Yeah, but in our own glasses.

Dad: What you having for breakfast?

Eden: I donít know.

Dad looking in cupboard.

Dad: Bite-size shredded wheat, or porridge?

Levi: [inaudible].

Dad: Bite-size shredded wheat or porridge.

Levi: [Inaudible].

Levi climbs onto kitchen chair and peers into cupboard.

Levi: Er, wheatabix.

Dad: [Is] that branflakes?

Levi: Yep.

Eden: Thatís what I want as well.

Dad gets bowls from another cupboard and prepares kids breakfast. He then puts the bowls of cereal on the table.

Eden: Can I have milk on?

Dad: Yeah.

Levi: I don't want milk on.

Dad: Yes you do.

Dad pours milk on cereals.

Dad: Can you get some spoons Eden?

Eden: What?

Dad: Can you get some spoons?

Eden: Oh - all right.

Eden gets spoons while dad pours the juice.

Levi: No, I don't want some of that (the juice).

Dad: Don't you, do you want milk?

Dad: Do you want milk Levi?

Eden: Look at the drawer Levi, it's full up.

Dad: Do you want milk?

Levi: Can I have one of the them (spoons)?

Eden gives Levi the spoon she wants and dad puts the juice and milk on the table. The kids sit down and talk to one another as they eat their breakfast . Dad takes his breakfast over to a the kitchen work surface. The kids carry on with their conversation and dad joins them at the table. Sequence ends: 07:24.

 

The Practices Ordering the Work of the Pattern

This simple pattern is organized 1) through the asking of questions; 2) through the placing of objects at a resident site (breakfast cereals in the kitchen cupboard); 3) through the joint inspection of the objects placed at the resident site; and 4) through the joint formulation of possible options given those contents.

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Connected Patterns

Kitchen cupboard use