Happy Easter to You All

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After skipping this fun Easter activity last year, our Easter activity felt very special this year.
Almost all our students in the US took part in the activity in person, even students from NYC.
(they regularly take online lessons )
It had been almost a year to see some of them in person! It made us so happy.

We boiled about 20 dozen eggs.
During the activity, we carried on conversational lessons about many things to bond with students. We see how our students see and think about all sorts of things, which gives us great hints to develop their English skills even further.

Thanks to all our students for joining this activity.

And let’s keep it going!

昨年のエースターアクティビティが中止になったので今年のアクティビティはとても特別に感じました。
NY在住の殆どの生徒さんがこの対面アクテビティに参加してくれました。普段はオンライン受講のマンハッタン在住の生徒さん達までも今回は電車に乗ってきてくれたり、ロックダウン以降ずっとオンライン受講だった生徒さんもマティソンへ訪れてくれうれしい限りでした。

今年は合わせて約20dozen(1dozen=12eggs)の卵を茹でました!
卵の絵付けをしながら皆さんと沢山の話をしました。こうやって生徒さんとじっくりフリートークをしながら1人1人の心に触れみんなの目線で一緒に考えたり、思いに触れたりする事は彼らの英語カリキュラムをカスタムで構成し、英語向上に取り組む私達にとってとても参考になります。

皆さん、参加ありがとうございました。

Happy Easter!

2 Great Games for English Practice at Home!

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“How can I support my child at home?
Play a game together! Try it today!

These days, many English learners have fewer opportunities to speak English outside of lessons. Providing opportunities to be exposed to English is essential for developing language skills. In place of social activities these days, TV, radio, YouTube, blogs, and the news are all great resources.

We use games to motivate learners. We adapt well known games for our lessons as well as make some of our own. We play these games both online and in person. Here are a couple for your family or your own students to enjoy playing. .

1. UNO
Almost anyone can play this game. All you have to do is have a list of challenges that corresponds with the card numbers. You can find words/phrases from books that your child is reading or from a movie they’ve watched. We often make funny sayings together in the lesson.


Here are 2 lists to get you started:



2. Connect 4:
With this one, you can practice a lot more target vocab. We like to mix in new words or idioms that challenge the student and some that spark funny conversation. You can adapt it to any level or age.

How to Play
1.Build up from the bottom by placing a tile or checker in the box.
2.Use the word from the box in a sentence if possible.
3. The first player to get 4 in a row (diagonally, vertically, horizontally) wins.

A video made with one of our students showing how we use “Connect Four” in class.

Here are some examples with a blank one for you to print out to fill in on your own.

If you would like to play the original but don’t have it here’s a link to Connect 4.

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Enjoy.