Childhood Education

Founded in 1924, Childhood Education is an academic journal owned and published by the Association for Childhood Education International, a professional association of educators and parents whose goal is to foster the development of sound educational practices for children from infancy through early adolescence. The journal is published six times per year. Its editorial offices are located in Olney, Md. Childhood Education has 12,000 member and institutional subscribers located in over 53 different countries. Membership consists of classroom teachers, school administrators, educational consultants, teachers-in-training, childcare workers, librarians, parents and caregivers. Articles provide information on topics related to innovative classroom practices, child development, family dynamics, international issues and original research. The journal also conducts product reviews of children's books, videos, software and teaching materials.Originally established in 1892, the Association for Childhood Education International is one of the country's longest-standing professional education associations. In 1946, the Association added the term “International” to its name as a means to demonstrate the organization's concern for and commitment to the education of children in affected war zones. In 1949, the Association became a forerunner of advocacy for civil rights when it denied requests from three states that it maintain separate memberships for blacks and whites. The following year, in 1950, the Association issued its Guide for Groups Wishing to Extend Invitations to ACEI. These guidelines provided stipulations that all Association invitations include the assurance that black members would receive equal access to hotel accommodations, restaurants and public transportation. In 2008, Childhood Education was honored when two of its articles, "The Changing Culture of Childhood: A Perfect Storm" and "Beyond Benchmarks and Scores: Reasserting the Role of Motivation and Interest in Children's Academic Achievement," were finalists for the EdPressDistinguished Achievement Awards. The Editor of Childhood Education is Anne Watson Bauer and Bruce Herzig is Assistant Editor.

Articles from Vol. 85, No. 5, Annual

Activities for the Mind and Body
As we all know, children have vivid imaginations, so why not capitalize on this and use it to our advantage in the classroom! The Airplane Game is an activity that uses a child's imagination to enhance and support a number of academic lessons. For...
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Another Woman Gets Robbed? What Jung, Freud, Piaget, and Vygotsky Took from Sabina Spielrein
I wonder how many people have ever heard the name "Sabina Spielrein." Certainly not as many as have heard the names of Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, Jean Piaget, and Lev Vygotsky. While Spielrein had numerous face-to-face encounters, some personal and...
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Books for Children
In keeping with the theme of this issue, the books reviewed for this column focus on the physical and emotional health of children. The books about ballet, yoga, and basketball are examples of the many available to encourage children's engagement in...
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Build a Positive Classroom Environment: Avoid Competition!
Elementary teachers often instigate competition among their students through such common statements as: "Students who make 100 on the spelling test may have 10 minutes of extra center time" and "The most creatively written story this week will be placed...
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Calling the Question
A CEI has a long and proud history as an association of members dedicated to the cause of childhood education. The word "association" originates from the word "associate," for which there exists several definitions, with the common distinction of joining...
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Childhood Obesity in the Testing Era: What Teachers and Schools Can Do!
In this era of increasing accountability and high-stakes testing in schools, a serious paradox has surfaced. Children are becoming overweight at an alarming rate, and mounting evidence points to a relationship between obesity and poor school performance....
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Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students with Autism
The quest for understanding the dynamics of language and the related sociocultural aspects of students with autism continues to be a challenge. Today, the term "autism" refers to a set of descriptions that profile a wide range of children who have...
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Eating Disorders in Childhood: Prevention and Treatment Supports
Sarah is a sensitive child who thrives on praise. She works hard to succeed, believing that success is what truly defines a person. Her efforts are often taken for granted, however. Sarah's high-achieving, impeccably dressed parents expect achievement....
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Ecological Issues Related to Children's Health and Safety
Issues concerning the health and safety of children and youth occur at multiple levels. Bronfenbrenner (1995) proposed an ecological systems approach in which multiple systems interact to enhance or diminish children's development. The same systems...
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EdPress Finalist
An article published in Childhood Education has been selected as a finalist for the 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award, in the Learned Article category, by the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP/EdPress). The article, "Bullying and Violence...
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Ekaterina Strakalova, New York ACEI President, on the Importance of Mentoring
I first met Ekaterina Strakalova, or "Katya," as she is known, at the 2007 Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida, but I didn't get to know her well until the 2009 Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois. Katya is a caring, bright, and energetic individual...
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Fit for Test Scores-Unfit for a Healthy Life: A Call to Action
We live in a test-obsessed society. Tragically, our well-intentioned quest for leaving no child behind academically is risking the very lives of increasing numbers of children. During this era of test-obsession, for example, the rate of childhood obesity...
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Inextricably Linked: An International Human Rights Perspective on Child Health and Education
I remember so well speaking to children who had been through the genocide in Rwanda, speaking to children physically and emotionally scarred by the conflict in northern Uganda, speaking to children orphaned by AIDS, and when asked the questions, "How...
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Meet Bethany Warder, President, Stevenson University ACEI
Bethany Warder discovered ACEI when she began her studies at Stevenson University (formerly Villa Julie College) in 2006. Right away, she wanted to join an organization with an international focus on the education and well-being of children. She was...
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More Play, Less Testing: New from Alliance for Childhood (Www.Allianceforchildhood.Org): Crisis in the Kindergarten: Why Children Need to Play in School
This report documents findings of studies in New York City and Los Angeles about testing in kindergarten. The studies show that standardized testing and test preparation have become part of the daily activities in too many public kindergartens. Teachers...
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Obesity Prevention: Parenting Styles Make a Difference
Childhood obesity is epidemic in the United States and other industrialized countries across the globe. This trend is alarming, because childhood obesity is associated with the early onset of serious health problems, including Type II diabetes, cardiovascular...
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Sun Protection Education for Healthy Children
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that between two and three million non-melanoma skin cancers and 132,000 melanoma skin cancers occur globally each year. In the event of further depletion of the ozone, these cases will increase dramatically...
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Together, We Can Make a Difference!
Ten years ago, I completed my first term as your president. It was a very different world at that time. In those days, one could get to the airport 10-15 minutes prior to a flight, because we did not have the extensive security required today. In addition,...
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Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF
It's not too early to start thinking about the 2009 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign. Let's all try to do our part to help children in need throughout the world. Perhaps you remember the small orange collection boxes, and taking one with you door-to-door...
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Understanding Children with Asthma: Trouble and Triggers
Asthma is one of the most common illnesses of childhood; in the United States, nearly 9% of children have the condition (Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, 2006). Among children with chronic illnesses, asthma is the most common...
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What Kids Don't Get to Do Anymore and Why
One of the concerns I have for children's mental, physical, and emotional health is the role that parental anxiety plays in the lives of children today. The way I see it, parental anxiety is leading parents to limit children's opportunities to explore...
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