The Assignment: Take a day out of the week to visit a preschool, child care center, kindergarten, or a child at home playing with his or her neighborhood friends. The child observed should be about four to five years old. Observe for at least half an hour, taking down verbatim as much as possible of what the child says. Be sure that the child is engaged in play activities. If you have a choice, pick a child who is known to talk a lot while playing. After your observation, on the same day or another day (with the teacher’s or parent’s permission), interview the child to find out how he or she acts in a more structured language situation. Use the following tasks. Be sure to prepare the needed materials ahead of time and practice the instructions.