Author Archives: EDU DESIGNS

About EDU DESIGNS

EDU Designs is a non profit organization whose mission is to produce and distribute multimedia materials for the education, motivation and character development of children.

BUILDING BRAINS AND HEARTS THROUGH THE ARTS!

Saturday, October 19, 2019, EDU DESIGNS we hosted a booth at the Ontario Festival of the Arts, from 11 AM – 7 PM. We gave out prizes for everyone who came: Flip Books, Illustrated Chore charts, Anti Bullying posters, and more!  … Continue reading

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THE 4 BUILDING BLOCKS of CHARACTER!

Award Winning Artist Ruth Elliott created these Posters of the  4 BUILDING BLOCKS of CHARACTER to remind kids of the life giving foundations these essential character traits make in our lives. Watch the video and keep reading below, to download … Continue reading

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THE COBBLERS CHILDREN HAVE NO SHOES!

Have you ever heard the saying, “The Cobbler’s children have no shoes”? Well, in our case, the COBBLER himself needs shoes! We are in dire need of funds to keep up the good work we do. I’ve been terrible at … Continue reading

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TEACHING KIDS the “7 Habits of Highly Successful People!”

One of the directors of Edu Designs is a First grade school teacher. I love that she has the kids version of the 7 Habits of Highly Successful People (by Steven Covey) on her walls and always reminds them it … Continue reading

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LOVE IS A DECISION!

LOVE IS A DECISION  –  not a FEELING. Feelings are important and shouldn’t be ignored. We may cringe at someone’s outward appearance and feel repulsed.  Or sometimes our instincts may say we should run in the opposite direction for safety. But … Continue reading

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CHANGED DIAPERS LATELY?

HATE CHANGING DIAPERS? THIS LADY’S CHANGED 36,000 OF THEM! I must confess there were times in the beginning, when the constant pressure of motherhood (and the smell!) could have gotten me down. But looking into the fragile and impressionable little … Continue reading

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Breakdown of Parent/Child Relationships

The breakdown of the parent/child relationship can affect us as adults. And stress is a big culprit. I’ve come to realize that a lot of my own personal anxiety can be traced back to my early experiences as a child. … Continue reading

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ART MAKES KIDS THIRSTY. . . for LEARNING!

These kids were just a smidgen of the 549 students who attended  24 classes I gave in one week! At the end of the lessons, each was given a flip book I printed and bound myself, plus a blank one … Continue reading

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FREE ART WORKSHOP!

What a fun time we have at Ruth’s Art Workshop at the Library – We all gain drawing tips – learn about animation and link to Ruth’s Art book that shares everything she’s learned in 30 years about art!  Plus, if you’re … Continue reading

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HELP KIDS LEARN TO SETTLE ARGUMENTS!

SETTLING ARGUMENTS – FOR GOOD! When children are taught to calmly express themselves in a ‘safe’ environment, and to listen patiently as they give others the same courtesy, it will go a long way to growing them into more thoughtful … Continue reading

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THE CHRISTMAS UMBRELLA

This is a true story! One Christmas night many years ago, I was driving our old station wagon in the pouring rain. Among my seven kids in the car, 10 yr old daughter Lisa was very excited. For years she had begged us … Continue reading

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CHARACTER IN ALL KINDS OF PLACES!

We find character in ALL kinds of places, especially in KIDS!  Students are expressing character and loving kindness through the many classes given by EDU DESIGNS volunteers. They are learning to respect life while they are learning to sketch, analyze draw and animate birds. Ever since then, … Continue reading

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THESE KIDS ARE “FOR THE BIRDS!”

In Fontana, these kids are “for the birds” – in a very positive sense. They are enjoying the combination of science and art enrichment thanks to Lisa Elliott who received a grant from the Community Foundation and the EEC, allowing students to learn about birds … Continue reading

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Childhood Trauma Can Lead to Adult Addiction

Childhood trauma can lead to adult addiction. It’s scary, but true. This article gives a great view of the facts in a nutshell. “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree” Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events, such … Continue reading

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HOW KIDS TEACH YOU THESE THREE THINGS

Embrace the challenge Children bring – and you will gain skills you need in every part of life!  KIDS TEACH YOU — 1- To Observe They teach you to PAY ATTENTION to another. And if you don’t watch them they’ll do something … Continue reading

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CAN COMICS TEACH CHARACTER?

Can Comics teach character? Of course they can! It’s all about the STORY! At my art presentations to kids, whenever I ask the question, “Does anyone here like cartoons?” I get a howling “YES!” from everyone! The overwhelming popularity of … Continue reading

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DIRECTORS

All Volunteer Board of Directors: Our Board of Directors generously volunteers their time and energy to create an organization that inspires children to be constructive members of society. That means 100% of your contribution will go to programs that help … Continue reading

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FLIP BOOKS CREATE FUN!

THESE LITTLE FLIP BOOKS INSPIRE KIDS! When I saw my first flip book at 8 years old I became excited to do animation myself!  I went on to create my own flip books, not realizing that one day I would go … Continue reading

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STICKS AND STONES

Words are powerful things. My mom used to tell me, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” I thought sadly to myself, “Yeah. They only hurt your FEELINGS”. And somehow concluded that meant that … Continue reading

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PARENTS AGAIN AT 69!

We rescued a fledgling baby bird a couple of weeks ago, and are new parents again at 69 years old!  Here’s a photo of when we first saw her, sitting stunned, on a walkway.  We put some water in front … Continue reading

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