If you want to foster a long distance relationship with your grandchildren or grandparents, consider a letter writing contest! Hard copy or email, you will get the same impact. And be sure to keep the letters for your yearly craft photobook!
Step 1. Parents or grandparents should send out a letter announcing the contest and the categories for prizes, including the most letters, the funniest letter, the most original letter, and the most creative letter .
Step 2. Start writing letters. Recommend a monthly, quarterly and yearly prize to keep up interests. And keep in mind skill levels. Try to reinforce what is being taught in school to keep it age appropriate. For example, in JK, consider using the sight words or letter of the week.
Step 3. Parents would make an ideal judging panel. For every child, there should be a prize. And celebrate! Use family day, birthdays, etc to make the celebration real.
Step 4. Set aside your favorites electronically on a monthly basis.
Step 5. Incorporate your letters into the yearly craft photobook. Share the photobook at Christmas time or print extra copies for the grandparents as a unique and touching gift.
It may not always be practical to visit family daily or weekly. But it is important to create lasting impressions with grandchildren when they are young. One approach could be to design an alphabet book that chronicles family stories.
Instead of buying an alphabet book off the shelf, use a photobook, scrapbook or photo album to design your own. It is easier than you think and we are here to help. Contact us today or read on…
Step 1. Sort the photos according to letter (a photo of the family picking apples might be categorized under “A” for “apples” or “P” for “picking apples,” depending on her needs)
Step 2. Photocopy or scan the original photos to preserve old archived photos
Srep 3. For scans, consider making a photobook. We are here to support.
Step 4. For hard copy photos, cut and paste or place photos into a scrapbook or album, with two pages for each letter of the alphabet.
Step 5. Use funny phrases or family annecdotes to describe the photos and label each one.
Remember that this book will also be a record of memorable family events like first Christmas, vacasports etc. The key is to organize the book so that it tells a story about the family.