Writer’s Guidelines EarlychildhoodNEWS.com started as a nationally circulated magazine for early childhood professionals and teachers of young children, infants to age eight, homeschooling parents and others. Now exclusively online, EarlychildhoodNEWS.com is one of the most frequented early childhood education sites on the Internet, offers a forum to network with other teachers as well as thematic activities and timely features. EarlychildhoodNEWS.com regularly publishes research-based professional development articles, experiencebased feature articles, suggestions for developmentally appropriate ideas and activities, as well as material geared specifically for our educational audience. Topics include child development, curriculum, family relationships, health and safety, nutrition, behavior management, and much more. Please direct responses to: Susan Swanson, Associate Editor 2 Lower Ragsdale, Suite 200 Monterey, CA 93940 E-mail: Sswanson@excelligence.com Feature Articles Manuscripts submitted as potential feature articles should: Be between 800 and 1,200 words in length. If research based, contain recent studies (no more than five years old). Always cite original research. If you are building on the work of others, be sure to acknowledge their work. Contain a short biography of yourself to be included at the end of the article. Include the author’s name, address, telephone number, and social security number for payment purposes. To submit a feature article for consideration, email as a query only to Barbara Atkinson, Managing Editor at BCAtkinson@aol.com. Because of the large number of queries submitted, unsolicited manuscripts cannot be returned and may not be acknowledged. EarlychildhoodNEWS.com holds the copyright to all articles published. Submission of a manuscript is a representation that it has not been published elsewhere, and is not under consideration by other publications. Once accepted for publication, copyright of the article transfers from the author to EarlychildhoodNEWS. JANUARY Promoting Potential Building Blocks to Learning The Shy Child Cooperation and Conflict: When Personalities Clash Development for Educators FEBRUARY Approaches to Learning The Role of Male Educators in the ECE Classroom Co-Teaching: Sharing the Schedule Commercialization of Preschool Inclusion in the Classroom MARCH Child Care 101: Transitions Separation Anxiety Infants In Your Care From Outside to Inside And Back Again Stepping Up To Kindergarten APRIL Let's Play! Field Trip Tips/Ideas - Types of Play and/or How Play Teaches "Roughhousing" As A Learning Tool: Taking Risks in a Safe Environment Freshen Up Your Outdoor Play Spaces MAY Our Environment A Healthy Classroom Recycled Art Supplies Gardening Made Simple Take Learning Outdoors JUNE Social and Emotional Development The Building Blocks of Social/Emotional Growth Red Flag Behaviors How Dramatic Play Can Enhance Learning How To Speak So Children Will Listen JULY Back-to-Basics Supporting The Parent/Infant Bond What Does Your Space Really Need? Refresh Your Learning Centers How To Utilize A Multi-Use Space (Church Hall, Home, etc) AUGUST Summer Fun Water is Wonderful Outdoor Projects Gear Up For The Fall SEPTEMBER Back To School Learning About Each Other Communicate With Parents Continuing Education for the Educator OCTOBER Invite and Inspire How to Incorporate Family Into Your Curriculum Volunteers In the Classroom Networking and Co-sharing NOVEMBER Winter's Coming Indoor Fun Dealing with Allergies/Food Sensitivities Cold and Flu Tips DECEMBER Gifting! Easy Preschool Projects Can You Ask? Alternatives to Coffee Cups, Soaps and Candles Feature articles should: • • • • • • Use headings and subheadings wherever appropriate. Include a list of supplemental readings or resources (i.e., videos, audiotapes, or training materials). Include charts, sidebars and illustrations. Use an informal, personal writing style. To add vitality to your writing, use the active voice. Use short simple sentences to create an easy reading style. Although our writing style is non-academic, the content of your article should be grounded in solid research. Use non-discriminatory, non-sexist language.