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.
“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.
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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＜Communication＞ COVID19が依然として存在する中,私達マティソンが今年の安全なファームステイを取り進めるために、今わかる限りの感染予防情報を皆さんと共有する事はとても重要だと感じています。参加者皆さんに私達の安全への取り組みをご理解頂き、安心してこの夏のプログラムに参加してもらうために、準備を進めながら参加者の皆さんとのコミュニケーションを一層深めていきたいと思っています。 We know it is important to keep you updated on what we are learning and implementing as we continue to educate ourselves about COVID-19. We want you to understand and feel confident in the steps we are taking to minimize risk this summer. We will continue to communicate with you as we know it in preparation for the safe opening of Farm Stay this summer.
<Pre-arrival> プログラム開始日から7-10日前は行動範囲の自粛をお願いします 開始日から4-5日前に受けたPCR検査の結果を開催日までにメールにてお知らせください Limit exposure 7-10 days prior to start of Farm Stay PCR test approximately 4-5 days before start of Farm Stay, submit the result by email <On-site Monitoring> 毎日健康状態を確認、問診を行います 毎朝体温チェックをします 手洗い、手指消毒を頻繁に行います プログラム開催期間中はマティソンの看護師と情報共有をします A daily health questionnaire Temperature taken each morning Hand washing/ sanitizing We will remain in contact with our Mattison registered nurse throughout the program as needed.
<Mask Wearing> ファームステイ参加者のグループ以外との交流の場で、ソーシャルディスタンス(6フィート)がとれない場合はマスクの着用を厳守します。マティソンロッジ内、移動車内でもソーシャルディスタンスが難しい場合はマスク着用とします。 When interacting with someone outside our group and social distancing cannot be achieved, masks will be required. We will be wearing masks when physical distancing is not possible inside our lodge and during transportation. <Cleaning & Sanitation> ウイルスや細菌の感染予防の為、日常の掃除、殺菌また室内換気の回数を増やします To limit the spread of virus and germs, we will increase our regular cleaning, sanitizing and ventilate our lodge to mitigate risk. <What happens if a participant tests positive while Farm Stay?> 直ちに感染者を隔離しご父兄にお迎えに来てもらいます 参加者全員のRapid/PCR検査をします ロッジ内の消毒に直ちにとりかかります Immediately isolate the person who tests positive until a family member comes to pick them up. Test and screen every person in the group Thoroughly clean and disinfect any areas of use
We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. We have received questions from parents about if we are going to have Mattison Farm Stay this summer. We know this pandemic has been stressful to many and recognize that socializing and interacting with peers can be a healthy way for children to cope with stress and connect with others.
We are excited to resume Farm Stay while following CDC and NYS Health Department considerations to protect campers and Mattison staff on the farms. However, for this year, we can only accept campers residing in New York. It was a tough decision, but the health and safety of our campers and staff remain our highest priority. Thank you for your understanding.
Oil とWaterにAlka Seltzer(Citric Acid とBaking Soda)の反応を楽しむ実験です。 どうしてOilとWaterが混ざらないの？ Why don’t the oil and the water get mixed? どうしてFood ColorはOil にとけないのにWater はとけるの？ Why doesn’t the food color melt into the oil, but melts into the water? 色の泡が浮かび上がってはじけて,でまた下に落ちてくよ。 The color bubbles float up to the top and pop! Then they drop down to the bottom again. わぁ…すっごーい！ Oh my….it’s so incredible! 信じられない。 So amazing. あぁ、だからLava Lampっていうのね。 Oh, that why they call it “Lava Lamp”
実験の締めくくりの、５つの素材のDensityを考える実験も生徒さんの予想を覆します。 Material ⇒plastic, glass, rubber, silver, woodが素材です。 What’s your prediction? Will it float on the oil? Will it float in the oil? Will it sink in the oil? Will it float in the water? Will it sink in the water? どの位置で5つの素材が静止するのでしょう。 自分の予想を書き込み、実際に実験して確認。
生徒さんがThe glass is more dense than the rubber. The wood is less dense than silver. とそれぞれのDensityと関係について意見を交わして終了するレッスンはきっとご家庭でも楽しめるアクティビティですね。
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Our Christmas activity this year is making “Mini Felt Christmas Trees”. Although some kids could not join this fun & creative activity, we are sharing precious moments talking about various topics in a welcoming and at-home atmosphere.
From kindergarteners all the way up to college students, trying to keep conversations while they keep moving hands and thinking about which sequins to use next is a challenge. This kind of activity simulates our everyday real life environments such as keeping conversation with someone while you are eating, walking to the cafeteria and working on a project. We want to provide fun activities as we keep focused building each student’s English communication skills no matter their age. We can find their interests because we truly care and focus on them.
We are happy to finally have an activity like this again since COVID19 started. While the COVID19 positive cases are surging here in Westchester, NY, we want to continue to follow the guidelines and keep all safe and healthy.
As we approach this holiday season, we decided to do “Holiday Activity” for those who attend in-person lessons.
Many schools in the US have started all remote learning recently. It took us a long time to decide whether we should do this kind of activity or not. However, we believe our one-to-one teaching environment is safe enough as long as we follow the state guidelines.
As much as we are sorry for those who are quarantined at this moment, we hope to bring cheer and smiles to as many students as possible.
Please provide your child a well fitting mask while he/she attend our in-person lessons to protect others and us.