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.

ART + FUN = LEARNING for LIFE!

Ruth Elliott’s ART assemblies promote positive attitudes, better behavior & academic achievement, as well as spatial awareness, which has been shown to raise math scores. The Arts can increase math scores by up to 15%! Ruth wrote the first art textbook … Continue reading

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NEVER GIVE UP!

LIFE TAKES UP MOST OF YOUR TIME, doesn’t it? And when we turn around, it’s the steady plodding forward, that gets us anywhere.  You can’t change the waves, but you can adjust your sails. When we look at successful people, … Continue reading

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THANK YOU FOR CARING! 

Are you sad seeing kids constantly glued to electronic devices? Do you want them to have ‘Imagination time’?  Do you worry they won’t develop real life skills?  Take advantage of the resources we have available! Someday they will thank you for turning … Continue reading

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RUNNING OUT OF ‘LOVE JUICE’

Do you ever find yourself running out of ‘love juice’? When my kids were little, even if I started with a full pitcher of love in the morning, sometimes by the end of the day the pitcher would be dry.   There was a … Continue reading

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You Can Make an “I CAN” Book!

Babies LOVE seeing pictures and reading books  – especially of themselves!  You can thrill your little one and encourage them with how they are growing by making an “I CAN DO” book! When you make an “I CAN DO” Book, it can … Continue reading

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‘SMILE’ first – and AMAZON gives!

Do you already shop online at Amazon? When you ‘smile’ first, they will donate to our Non Profit if you do – and it won’t cost you a penny more! Just go to smile.amazon.com, and choose Edu Designs as the Non Profit you wish to support. Amazon … Continue reading

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WORDS ARE POWERFUL

WORDS ARE POWERFUL Words and images are powerful things. A picture once seen, can’t be ‘unseen’. A word cannot be ‘unheard’. It becomes part of your ‘thoughtlife’.  There were times people said bad words around my kids, and just like the story … Continue reading

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CINDERELLA GAVE ME HOPE

When I was a kid, the story of Cinderella gave me hope. I identified with her. My two older sisters were sometimes mean. They bossed me around and made me work harder than they did. I felt trodden upon. But when I’d … Continue reading

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THANK YOU FOR MAKING US TOP-RATED!

Are you smiling? I am. Thanks to you, WE DID IT!   All the votes from supporters, earned EDU DESIGNS the Top Rated Award from Great NonProfits for 2017! Here’s another way to help: Do you shop online at Amazon? Every time you do, … Continue reading

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TOO MUCH MEDIA? GO OUT AND PLAY!

  I was 6 years old when my family got our first TV. Mom would only let us watch The Mickey Mouse Club. I remember the excitement at 5 o’clock when the show would begin – and then the feeling of letdown when it was … Continue reading

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Are You A ‘DOORMAT’ Mom?

Being thoughtful, caring and sensitive to others is a good thing. Right? Sure. But if you are an empathetic person who hasn’t learned to care for yourself, too, you can easily fall into the trap of being used, but not respected. A Doormat.  … Continue reading

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What is UNCONDITIONAL POSITIVE REGARD?

Carl Rogers coined the phrase, “UNCONDITIONAL POSITIVE REGARD” which has become synonymous with what children need in order to grow to their full potential as healthy human beings.  It includes: An environment that genuinely and openly: SEES the good in them, LISTENS to … Continue reading

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AWKWARD ANNIE* ADDS TO EDU DESIGNS!

Though her CD was titled, ‘Awkward Annie’, this talented artist, singer, copywriter, and volunteer for non profit causes, proves you always get more by giving. Annie Elliott was recognized as a powerhouse by the organization She Runs It, who flew her … Continue reading

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MAKE YOUR OWN HEALTHY NON-DAIRY CREAMER

I love the taste of most non dairy creamers, like Coffee mate, but the corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats) they contain promote inflammation, the precursor to most diseases like arthritis and cancer. Honey (or real maple syrup) … Continue reading

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CONNECTEDNESS

Being connected made the difference. When I was a child my mom and I would walk a long way to the grocery store. It was hard to keep up unless she would hold my hand. When she did hold my hand, somehow her … Continue reading

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Your Family Constitution

What will YOUR kids stand for? “If you don’t STAND for SOMEthing, you’ll fall for anything!” When my kids were little, I was losing ground. My utopian dream of bringing loving, creative people into the world was turning into a nightmare.  Just being a … Continue reading

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HOW I GOT MY OWN WAY by NOT getting my own way!

Some people are only GOOD for being a BAD EXAMPLE! My PBJ (Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich) never made it to lunch in good shape… Every day in Elementary school I ate the same thing for lunch: an apple and a peanut butter and … Continue reading

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POTTY TRAINING THAT WORKS!

A PRIZE for POTTY TRAINING!! Potty Training can be a JOY, and NOT a CHORE – IF YOU MAKE IT A GAME! This worked for my 7 kids: Make a ladder like the one here, (from adding machine paper, etc., … Continue reading

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CAN A KID CHANGE THE WORLD? You BETCHA!

  At seven years old, I wanted to help people. I imagined that “helping people” meant becoming a doctor. Then one day, I heard some kids swearing and yelling at each other on the street.  I asked my mom, “Why do they … Continue reading

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Kids Need Your HELP!

Kids are WORTH it. They need to know they have a future and a hope! We are scraping bottom to do all we can, but our non profit needs YOU! Will you help us meet the expense of reprinting our … Continue reading

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