Farmstay2018-successfully finished!

 

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Wow! We are so excited that two groups attended our Farm Stay this year. We’re so happy to offer these experiences that so many people have never experienced! We feel it is so important to experience these things first hand and not from a textbook.
今年も怪我もなく無事ファームステイが終了しました。初めてトライすることを沢山経験し参加者のみんなは色々と感じ、考えたことでしょう。Mattisonならではの充実したプログラムを振り返ってみます。

Our focus in this program was for students to use English in everyday situations on and off the farm on the following 3 topics:
プログラムで注目した3つの柱は…

1. Environment+Social+Economic⇒ Sustainable development
2. Strong English conversation skills
3.  American culture and manners

These experiences added depth to our students’ characters and wisdom about the world around them. It wasn’t always pleasant for all who joined because they were immersed in the local culture. It was a totally new way of life for them. Because of that, each individual stayed focused on English to learn to understand and respect others and their culture.
今回の経験で自然と生き物は環境の中で大きな役割を果たしてくれている事を感じてくれたと思います。参加者に年齢差はありましたが地球上の生命は、人間のために存在しているのではなく、人も地球の生命の一員であり、豊かな自然や生物の多様性がなければ生きてゆくことは不可能だとゆうことを5つ日間の家畜の世話やりや、マティソン家の家族やアーミッシュの人々と接したりすることでそれぞれが心の中でしっかりと感じてくれたと思っています。
<English Lessons>
☆How to prepare fishing pole-Total Physical Response/casting practice
☆Ecological footprint-Ecological footprint calculator/presentation
☆Table manners-proper way to eat and communicate at the table/presentation
☆Nature/Agriculture relations to modern life-what to be careful of in the wild/respect and observe nature
☆Creative writing-review the week and write an essay

<Program activities>
☆Taking care of pigs in the barn every morning-feeding/cleaning/bedding
☆Fishing at the beaver pond-Rowing the rowboats/observing beavers
☆Setting and checking infrared camera in the woods
☆Visit Amish family next door
☆Meeting Mattison family, relatives and friends
☆Horseback riding/carriage riding
☆Fossil hunting
☆Egg hunting
☆Night Hiking/Stargazing
☆Build Bonfire/Marshmallow roasting/drumming
☆Tie-dye T-shirt making
☆Cooking meals together
☆Swimming&kayaking at the lake
☆Ordering at the shops and ice cream shops
☆Collins Farm Tour-over 2000 cows
☆Locust Hill Dairy Farm Tour-over 4000 cows

One week was a short time, yet all of our students accepted the challenge to different degrees and that was one of the fun parts of such a program. Please look through the photos and ask us lots of questions.
We truly loved our farmstay2018. Thank you to our Mattison family and friends who were part of us and to support our program!
1週間は本当に短いものですが、参加者一人一人が自分と向き合い大切な事をつかみ取ってくれました。このブログを読んで興味を持たれた方、どんどん質問してください。
メール→chris@mattisonenglish.com
今年も更に充実した内容でプログラムを進めることができたのも家族である息子2人、マティソン親族のおかげです。
この熱い情熱が爆発している間に前のりになって、更に来年の事を話し始めているChrisと私です。皆さんありがとうございました。

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