We are thrilled with the Grandconnect product! What
a wonderful tool the letter writing kit has been for
us this past year in the classroom. The style and format
are kid-friendly and very attractive.
We felt that Grandconnect
created an opportunity for students to express their writing
skills in another way. We have great writers in 5th grade,
but we rarely have the opportunity to "publish"
their writing in a real way. The letters they wrote were
real and were always sent. They received letters back
and shared them with their peers. It was very motivational.
Grandconnect also gave
students a look into their family histories. Stories were
exchanged that were surprising, heart warming and new;
this was history unfolding in their very own lives! Our
parents were also impressed by the stories and letters.
They were even surprised by some of the stories that came
We would love to continue
this rich and rewarding tool in the future! Grandconnect
was a huge success!
Cheryl Twedt and Chrissy
5th Grade Teachers
Clear Springs Elementary School
Minnetonka Public Schools
" One of my most
cherished memories of my grandmother was her wonderful
stories. Grandma wrote me several letters over the course
of many years and these stories were captured in her letters.
I recall how excited I would be to receive Grandma's letters,
I would find a quiet time in the day to read them, as
if I was savoring a fine dessert. Now that Grandma is
long gone, her letters bring me such great comfort as
I once again read her stories and can hear Grandma's voice
through her writing. Grandma always concluded her letters
by saying if she made any spelling mistakes to take those
as kisses and hugs. We wrote several letters to each other
over the years and we both laughed about how we saved
each and every one of the letters written. Those letters
are such a treasure and comfort to me, I now read them
to my children and share Grandma's stories. I am excited
to see a product like Grandconnect being available that
can facilitate creating those same type of memories for
my own children.
- Susan M. | Shorewood,
" Speaking of writing, I saw a product in a bookshop
in St. Paul that I'm using myself and that we're now
carrying in the store. It's a kit called Grandconnect,
and it contains two notebooks of brightly colored stationery.
The idea is that grandparents and grandchildren will
exchange one letter a month for a year. The attraction
of Grandconnect is that it provides users with a structure
for writing letters. I'm very busy and I get lost quickly
without a structure.
I'm not a grandparent
yet, but one of my daughters lives on the East Coast and
I don't get to see her very often. We stay in contact
via email and the telephone, which sort of works. They
are efficient and ephemeral, both part of the throw away
culture we've created.
Letters are different.
Usually we take our time to compose them. Often we save
letters and read them again later. They engage us on a
deeper level than other communication technologies.
The energy required to
write a good letter is similar to the energy required
to read a difficult book. Both our worth our effort, both
employ the best parts of us. "
-Karl Pohrt | Owner, Shaman
Drum Bookstore | Ann Arbor, MI
Having grown up
with my grandparents living close by, I was able to learn
much about their heritage, memories and personal likes
and dislikes. My daughter isnt able to have the
same type of regular personal contact with her grandparents
(who live in Oregon and Canada). Grandconnect has become
a way for them to establish a closer relationship and
exchange information and news with each other in a fun
and easy way.
- Kathy R. | Oakesdale,
My kids are now
grown and just starting families of their own. I bought
Grandconnect as a gift for a friend, but I was so excited
to see the opportunity I will have when my grandchildren
are a little older to connect with them and
share our lives with each other.
- Krisann F. | Post Falls,
I really like using
Grandconnect to write letters to my grandma. I like the
cool designs and it helps me think of things to write
about. My grandma says that it helps her too, because
it helps her remember happy things she hasnt thought
about in a long time.
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