In the Soviet Union, the thousands of children who attend kindergarten schools participate in a wide range of activities.
GV Young skaters in costume skating to music (4 shots)
SV Another group of skaters learning toe and heel controls and skating into centre
SV Parents look on
GV Young skaters performing as audience watch (4 shots)
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Background: In the Soviet Union, the thousands of children who attend kindergarten schools participate in a wide range of activities.
As well as more common subjects such as drawing, music and singing, the children, aged between three and seven, also learn sports such as ice skating. At some kindergartens, children of three start to learn a foreign language.
There are more than 2,100 kindergartens in Moscow alone and 325,000 children attend kindergarten in the Soviet capital. Two-thirds of the cost of sending a child to kindergarten is paid by the government.
In the Soviet Union, children learn to skate from the age of about five years. They practice twice a week on a skating rink in winter, and in the off-season they have dancing classes i a gymnasium and practice skating on a summer rink.
SYNOPSIS: These children, aged between five and seven, attend one of more than two thousand kindergartens in the Soviet capital, Moscow.
Over three-hundred-thousand children aged from three to seven attend kindergartens in Moscow.Her, instructors teach the children to skate. They also learn drawing, music and singing. some three-year-olds even learn foreign languages.
Two-thirds of the cost of sending a child to kindergarten in the Soviet Union is borne by the government.
These children ate giving the first public performance of their skating ability. They're taking part in a ballet based on a rhyme by Kornei Chukovski called "The Little Fly".
Children begin skating when they are five and practice twice a week in winter. In off-season they have dancing lessons.