Happy Easter to You All


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!




Happy Easter!

2 Great Games for English Practice at Home!


“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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ファームステイ COVID-19感染予防対策



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. 


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>

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>
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>

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?>

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

This protocol will be updated as needed.

2021 NY FarmStay☆ファームステイ


Dear everyone,

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.

Please check our website link for details:
Farm stay — https://mattisonenglish.com

We will be sharing a more detailed outline of the latest recommendations and requirements as we finalize those plans.  
Thank you and stay healthy,


長らく検討してきましたが、参加者、プログラムスタッフの健康と安全を最優先し、慎重にCDCとNY Health Departmentのガイドラインに従い、今年2021はNY州在住の方を対象にファームステイを開催することに致しました。
ファームステイ詳細ー> https://mattisonenglish.com/

開催に辺り、COVID19 Protocolの詳細を近日中に取り決め再度お知らせさせていただきます。






















😎Cool Experiment 🧪


During this snowy season, we are staying warm and cozy and enjoying a cool science experiment with our students while we learn to describe the reactions and express feeling.


Oil とWaterにAlka Seltzer(Citric Acid とBaking Soda)の反応を楽しむ実験です。
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?
The color bubbles float up to the top and pop! Then they drop down to the bottom again.
Oh my….it’s so incredible!
So amazing.
あぁ、だからLava Lampっていうのね。
Oh, that why they call it “Lava Lamp”


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?

生徒さんがThe glass is more dense than the rubber.
The wood is less dense than silver.

The following recommendations are here for your convenience to quickly find the products if you don’t already have them in your home or office. We do receive a small commission at no extra cost to you if you purchase through these links. Enjoy.

Oil, Food Coloring, Alka-Seltzer

















ニューヨーク近郊の学校は昨年のコロナが始まった頃からオンライン授業を取り入れているため、多くの学生や父兄がオンラインに慣れてきていると言う現実とstay homeで家に居る時間が多くなり家からでも習える事に前向きに取り組んでいる方が増えてきているとも感じています。そして何よりも上達した英語力を維持し更なる飛躍を目指す人が多くなっているからでしょう。これからの未来がオンラインを通してより更にグローバル化すると考える方が増えている証かもしれません。




Mini Felt Christmas Trees


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.

Holiday Activity 2020


In-Person lesson Holiday Activity

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.

Happy Thanksgiving 2020


We, at Mattison English, would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to each of you this Thanksgiving.

This year has been full of even more challenges due to the pandemic. We all have been able to work together to grow and expand your students’ English abilities and awareness.
Thank you for your cooperation and resilience with the changing guidelines. With effort, we can get through this if we continue to care for and communicate with each other.
We’ll keep doing our best to create a strong connection with our students, so they can find their place in the world of English. That bond is important for their confidence and interest and makes for productive lessons whether online or in person.
We feel blessed and lucky for our health, family and friends.
Our hearts go out to all of those who are suffering from sickness and hunger this year. 
Please take care of yourself and each other.

Creative Photo Challenge Videos


We believe, when people enjoy doing something, they will naturally become curious, more motivated, and get better at it.

Watch the Student Made Videos
Video 1
–> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBtrY9iUQtk <–
Video 2

We are using the photos from our “Photo Challenge” in our lessons. Students are creating videos out of the pictures in which they can be descriptive and creative with their English by writing captions and in some cases even poems.
この夏に行ったアクティビティ”Photo Challenge”の写真を日々のレッスン内で活用をしています。ハンズオンアクティビティとし、生徒さんと一緒にビデオを作製をし、叙景的でクリエイティブな英語表現、また詩のようなキャプションを完成させる生徒さんもいます。

Each photo is displayed only for 10 seconds, so it is a challenge to read each caption within that amount of time. Try it and then try it again. Let’s see if you become faster at reading.

Creative Photo Challenge


During this summer, we had a *remote* activity which every one could participate in from anywhere in the world. The rule was very simple. We gave a list of things to take pictures of. Just like scavenger hunting, but with taking pictures of objects.
For example we had these in the list;
*A picture of a food of you cooked
*A picture of you frozen in the air
*A police officer waving
*Something that looks like it has a face

Thank you for submitting so many photographs for the challenge! We are amazed at the creativity of everyone. Over 500 pictures were submitted from many students.
We have reviewed the entries and decided on who will be getting awards for their participation! Some pics are at the bottom of this blog.
Students will be notified during their lessons about the results. 
皆さん, Photo Challengeへの沢山の応募をありがとうございました。今回は500枚以上の写真がエントリーされました。参加者の創造力のすばらしさに驚いています。すべての写真に目を通し、Award受賞者を決定しました。このブログ下にいくつか写真を載せます。結果は参加者にそれぞれレッスン中にお知らせします。

The photo challenge is an event that serves a purpose in our students’ development of their English skills.By taking the photos, learners have hands-on experiences they can learn about their surroundings and their communities.Together, we can develop vocabulary, grammar, and conversation skills by describing, commenting on, and talking about everyone’s pictures.As many of those who have experienced living in foreign countries before are experts in communicating in English, this kind of activity provides an emotional attachment which should lead to better memorization of any new language that comes up, so they are prepared to instantly utilize those skills whenever needed. 

このPhoto Challengeは、アクティビティを通して参加者の英語能力の発達を目指す目的で行われました。自身で又は家族と一緒にHand-on Experience; 実践的な体験に取り組むことにより、身近にある物や地域に目を向け学びながら、自分で撮った写真を説明する表現法、他者の写真にコメントする表現法を学びます。実践的で生きた英単語、英文法、そして重要なコミュニケーション能力をアクティビティを通して伸ばしていく事ができます。海外生活経験者に英語万能者が多いのも、言語の習得は、自身の経験に基づく感情表現や単語は習得、記憶し易く、何時でもとっさに対応できる力になり得るからです。

Mattison English used to hold annual Speaking Contests and Writing Contests. However, under the COVID19 circumstance, we were seeking an event that both student and family members can join while improving their English skills.  We are so grateful that so many students participated in Japan and the US.  We hope this has been an enjoyable experience for you and your family.Thanks again. 

マティソンでは長年<Speaking Contest><Writing Contest>を行っていましたが、この度コロナ禍に至り,このような状況下でも参加者やご家族がより遊び心を交えて参加できる、英語飛躍につながるアクティビティを検討していました。予想以上に日米間よりお子さんから大人までの参加者が募り嬉しく思っています。これからも色んな方面から皆さんの英語習得へのサポートを続けて参ります。

Back to School 2020


Here comes the sun! As you begin a new school year, we hope you build new trails and seek new horizons.

NY is ready for students to start a brand new school year. Every student is excited yet anxious to see what is about happen. The schools have their own unique learning styles to keep their learners safe and provide the education they need.

We, Mattison English stand by our students and support whatever challenges they may have to face this time of the year.

Stay curious, surround yourself with wisdom…..and let’s accept a new culture and language! No matter what, it’s going to be a great year. Let’s hop on the boat and start the journey!

Let’s get ready!


After 2 weeks off due to cancelling our summer program, “Mattison Farm Stay”, we are ready to get back to work fully charged!

During our 2 weeks off, we got a lot done and were able to relax some. It was a great time to think about our students and how we want to provide the best way to improve their English skills from kindergartners to college students as well as business clients.

We appreciate our students’ trust and hard work even through this pandemic. As NY opens up, we will continue to welcome students as well as newcomers in a clean sanitized environment and online.

See you all soon.

During COVID-19


We hope everyone is well and staying safe during these hard times.

Mattison English has been conducting our lessons online. Of course we would prefer to have everyone come over to our house for classes but we all have to work through this together.

At this time, our students have fewer chances to be exposed to live English since everything is shut down. We are glad to offer the opportunity for them all to have the chance to speak to a live person albeit online. It is important for them to keep their conversation skills oiled and ready for action so when they do go back to school or back into public they won’t be so rusty.

Something we noticed during online lessons:
Students that are used to coming to our lessons feel safe and confident being with us . They are more themselves when they can have privacy when they talk to us online. They can completely focus and be more involved in the lesson if they are not distracted by other people in the room. They need to take chances when they speak English and can depend on us to correct them when it is important or ask us questions.

What can you do?
As well as talking with us, students and their families could make times when they speak English to each other by playing games, cooking together, looking at art online or just chatting.
これは通学・オンラインに関わらずいえる事ですが、ご家庭内で「English time」と家族みんなが英語を話す時間を短時間作ってみたりするもの変化があってお勧めです。英会話をしながらボードゲームや料理をしたりするのはいかがでしょう。またEnglish版のオンラインゲームや洋画、洋楽、youtubeなども効率的に用いるのも良いでしょう。

We are all in this together and get through this together.

…☆募集開始・Open registration☆ …NY Farm Stay… ファームステイ2020


Announcing open registration for
New York Farm Stay 2020.

『英語スキルアップ, 地球環境への意識、農からのぞく経営のしくみ、農からの食育』では、現代社会の中での大切な知識と、未来を予想し選択する判断力を楽しく身に付けることを目標にしています。



This farm stay provides many mind opening experiences that give a deeper grass roots understanding of the world around us.
People from elementary school through college can develop strong English and problem solving skills by being part of real working American farms.
The many different people they meet help them to understand the connection between environmental issues, economics, social awareness, food culture and their own futures.

“Improve English skills, Environmental awareness, Observe economic system from an agricultural viewpoint, Food education”

Please send us an email for more information.
Email: chris@mattisonenglish.com

1860年代から4世代に渡りNY北、オンタリオ湖ふもとで家族酪農を運営し現在に至ります。1200エーカー(約4.8平方km)に及ぶ壮大な敷地を利用しNY在住の英語講師、マティソン夫婦が13年間「英語、農業、文化、環境」のコラボレーションを実現しファームステイを提供しています。牧場には放牧している牛Grass-Fed-Beef(牧草飼育牛肉)を始め牛舎には豚、馬、Cage Freeの鶏(放し飼い)がいます。敷地内にはビーバーが住む池や大昔の化石採集ができる丘もあります。150年以上の歴史を持つ古き良きアメリカ家族、ファミリー牧場でのファームステイはプログラムに関わる人々が皆親戚、友人と、とてもアットホームな雰囲気で参加者を家族の様に受け入れます。





=Happy New Year 2020=
We see ourselves reflecting on the past years and those who have helped to shape Mattison English. The year 2019 was quite a year for us!
It is in this spirit that we say thank you and we hope that 2020 will be just as memorable for you and your loved ones.
We look forward to seeing and supporting you for years to come.


ーChris and Mio Mattison-

Happy Holidays everyone!


What a year we had!
Again, we’ve come to the end of the year. Meeting so many new people brought us so much joy and inspiration to do our best.

Living in NY is so dramatic each day since we live in a place where we encounter people with such diverse needs and goals.

We accept the challenge and appreciate the opportunity to meet each individual student’s demands to help fulfill their lives all over the world.

A little note, we’ve started to accept FARM STAY 2020 applications.
And we are closed 12/22-1/5.

We wish everyone wonderful holidays with loved ones.

Love, Chris & Mio

運営20年 – Marking 20yrs around!


An international couple — unique upbringings that support others’ learning English language using both English and Japanese made so much sense for us to keep it going for 20 years. Now we know for sure that we’re making the right decision to keep doing what we love and are good at.

Thanks to many students who have trusted us and enjoyed the moments in the lessons with us. We’ll keep on going doing our best.

この度マティソンイングリッシュは無事20年目を迎える事ができました。 経歴の異なる アメリカ人と日本人の2人が英語を教える事に意義を感じながらここまでやってくることができたのも私達を信頼し毎週通ってくれている皆さんがいるお陰です。本当にありがとうございます。



受講生の声 VOICE

クリス先生・みおさんのサポートもあってKが英語を話す楽しさを知ることが出来ました。マティソンイングリッシュでの体験レッスンに伺った時、Kに使わせてくれたクリス先生自作のオリジナルのカード。とてもユニークであの時「あ、Kにピッタリの先生を見つけた!!」っと思いました。 Kにたくさんの楽しいこと、面白いこと、笑い飛ばしてポジティブでいること、いい影響を与えて下さりありがとうございました。一つ一つがKの財産です。 Y.N


初の海外生活…不安ばかりでしたが、いつもメンタルをキープ出来たのはChris&Mioさんに相談出来る!という支えがあったからです。いつもお話しに行くのが楽しみでした。感謝の気持ちでいっぱいです… H.A

Whatever we experienced and enjoyed with you is unforgettable experiences. Thanks to Chris-san, Mio-san and your sons, we could have fulfilling days in NY!  We are looking forward to hearing good news again and we hope that we can go to Harrison again. Y.N

いつも温かいお言葉をいただき、心が救われてました。 NY生活においてMattisonは2人にとってもそして私にとっても忘れることのないかけがえのない場所です。 どうか2人のことをこれからも見守ってやってください。M.S


私達が★★や日本などへ住まいを移したとしても、マティソンファミリーのみなさんとずっと繋がっていたいと思っていますので、もしスケジュール都合がつけば、また家族でスカイプなどを利用してお付き合いを続けていければな、と思っています! J.N


クリス、ミオさんは我が子達にとっても私にとってもオアシスでしたよ。本当にお世話になりました。 この前初めてYが英検受けてみようかなー。なんて呟いてました。え!あの子が!と驚きました。ミオさんと英検の勉強が楽しかったみたいです。K.K


ここハリソンに来て、右も左もわからない時からMioさん、Chrisさんには親子共々英語を通じて教えていただいたことがたくさんあります。本当に感謝しております。ありがとうございました!! M.M

Essay Writing



アメリカでは小学生低学年からFirst, Next, Then, Last といったように英文の書き方を習い始め、中学生辺りから本格的にEssayの書き方を指導されます。

Which season do you like best?

  1. I like summer best. – 結論 <introduction>
  2. I can swim at a beach. – 理由1 <topic sentence>
  3. Day light is longer. – 理由2 <topic sentence>
  4. I don’t have to wear a heavy coat. – 理由3 <topic sentence>
  5. Summer is my favorite season. – 結論 <conclusion>

これはThe 5-sentence Personal Essayというとてもシンプルで分かりやすいエッセイの書き方指導です。
あのJohn F. Kennedy もこの用法を使いハーバード大学へ入ったとあります。
下がそのオリジナルー Via JFK Library and Museum

John Kennedy JFK Harvard University Application Essay

ℚuestion “Why do you wish to come to Harvard?” Here’s what a young JFK had to say:

The reasons that I have for wishing to go to Harvard are several. I feel that Harvard can give me a better background and a better liberal education than any other university. I have always wanted to go there, as I have felt that it is not just another college, but is a university with something definite to offer. Then too, I would like to go to the same college as my father. To be a “Harvard man” is an enviable distinction, and one that I sincerely hope I shall attain.

April 23, 1935 John F. Kennedy


★I believe–/ In my opinion, / I agree with–/ From my point of view, / I support the idea that –/
★ Firstly, / To start with, / One reason that / First of all, / The first reason is that /
★ Secondly, / In addition, / Next, / Moreover, / Furthermore, /
★ Lastly, / At last, / Additionally, / In comparison, / On the other hand, /
★ In conclusion, / To conclude, / For the reasons above, / In summary, / To sum up, / As I have stated above, /


  1. Introduction
    – Hook 興味を引くセンテンス
    -Thesis Statement エッセイの主題
    – Briefly introduce 3 topic sentences 簡単な3つの論点の投入
  2. Topic Sentence(1st piece of support the thesis) 主題をサポートする論点
    – Elaborate the topic sentence 論点の詳細
    – Provide an example/ evidence/ quotation 例、証明、引用
    – Explain the importance of the example/ evidence/ quotation 上の詳細
  3. Topic Sentence(2st piece of support the thesis)
    – Elaborate the topic sentence
    – Provide an example/ evidence/ quotation
    – Explain the importance of the example/ evidence/ quotation
  4. Topic Sentence(3st piece of support the thesis)
    – Elaborate the topic sentence
    – Provide an example/ evidence/ quotation
    – Explain the importance of the example/ evidence/ quotation
  5. Conclusion
    – Rephrase your thesis フレーズに変化させ主題を再主張
    – Summarize your 3 topic sentences 3つの論点のまとめ

1. 論点を挙げる順序
<詳細>だから<論点> です。
<論点> です。 なぜなら<詳細> です。

2. フレーズや単語のワンパターン化をさける

3. エッセイのタイプにより1人称を使わない
「Argumentative/Opinion essay」は、自分の意見を述べるものなので、「I think」や「I believe」のような言い回しが使われることがあります。 しかし、客観的に述べるEssayでは一人称を使用しません。 あくまでも事実をもとにした客観的な書き方を心がけます。


♥Farm Stay ♥Group1~Day5


牧場のお手伝い後の朝のEnglish lessonはEconomicな内容も含みます。大規模な企業型牧場と小規模な自営酪農家がどうやって生き残って経営を継続しているのか…

★大規模な企業牧場North Ridge Dairy(Alford Farm)でのツアー、子牛へのミルクやり。
★Ice cream shopでのオーダー

🚜Farm Stay🚜Group1~Day3





◽American Culture and Manner

◽Farm terminolog










Farm Stay Group1 ~Day1


2019 Mattison Farm Stay has successfully finished.
Now, we would like to share some pics from the group1.

~The most difficult thing to us was to let them figure out things by themselves without us guiding through everything~

Because we believe failing or making mistakes is an okay thing, so then, how you fix it or come up with a solution is the learning.



~Not a moment of life is wasted on a farm~

Mattison Farm Stay 2019 has started.
A little update between our sessions while we are back to Harrison, NY for a few days.

Our first group was from all different ages and backgrounds. It’s great to see them work hard together and get along so well.
Our focus on this program is to let them experience wonderful North-eastern American farms while we teach practical English,agriculture economy, environmental issues and American culture.

As each day went by, we saw changes in them.

They were able to see what was happening to take responsibilities independently, but still work together.
There are so many things we would like to tell you.
Since we’ll start another session on 7/31, we are focusing on preparation now.

We’ll be on the farm without internet for a while again, so we apologize if we can’t get in touch with you quickly.
The whole new 2019 farm stay experience will be updated in August!
Have a great summer everyone!

Water Rocket Science


今回はBaking SodaとVinegarを使ったロケットサイエンスに挑戦です。

TPR(Total Physical response) ;英語を耳で聞き、手を動かし作業を進める。わからない時は質問。羽の付ける位置やデザインなど皆説明を聞き逃さないように真剣に取り組んでいました。

このロケットはBaking SodaとVinegarが反応しCO2が発生しその気体の圧力で勢いよくロケットが発射します。講師の説明をしっかり聞き、危険のないように注意を払いいざ発射!


Look at their smiles!
It’s hard not to be excited about launching rockets into the air.
This activity was a success. Everyone built their own rocket from scratch and each of them left the launch pad and flew high up into the air! Each of the participants were so into building their rocket they lost track of time.

We studied about the 2 processes used in launching the rockets. The chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar took a bit longer than using the air pump but it was great to hear the screams of surprise when the rocket blasted off.

These TPR activities are perfect for getting everyone involved, speaking and learning new vocabulary and natural expressions!

Email: chris@mattisonenglish.com

Farmstay Preparation🌻ファームステイ準備


Farmstay Preparation🌻ファームステイ準備

We visited our family farm over Memorial Day weekend. Although it was a short stay, it was productive as we could talk face to face to most people involved. Topics: Activities, educational content, safety and food😊
Seeing their faces and talking about it gave us a great vibe. The time has come again.

We turned on our switch‼

We appreciate everyone who cares about this growing program and supports us!






満員御礼☆Farm Stay2019


Farm Stay 2019 is SOLD OUT, THANK YOU!
Again, we get to introduce a whole new world to 10 of our great friends.
We are so excited for both A and B Mattison Farm Stay sessions. During our farm stay, participants will learn and experience about;

☆sustainable farm living in modern society(economy)

☆American culture and manners(sociology)

☆building strong English communication skills(English Language)

We can hardly wait to see them! Please keep your eye on our upcoming program. Thank you for your support!






🐥Easter Week 2019


Happy Easter to everyone!

We are enjoying our annual Easter egg coloring throughout the week. We love to pull out each student’s interest to make it into a deep conversation while we color eggs. Seems like they are more comfortable talking about their lives when we are just chatting like this.


FARM#3- Collins Knoll Farm LLC






更には少し大きくなった子牛達の飲むmilkは全て子牛達が付けているチップからコンピューター内で把握されていてそれぞれの飲むミルクの量が的確に機械で計られています。子牛がミルクを飲みに来るたびに新鮮なミルクを毎回ロボットが作り与えていると言う無駄のない飼育の仕方… びっくりです。




Games to Learn With


Here is a great game that involves all skills, reading, writing, speaking, listening with lots of laughs.


牧場FARM-#2 Mattison Corner Farm


<FARM #2-Mattison Corner Farm>
今日紹介するのはファームステイで訪れる2つ目の牧場Mattison Corner Farmです。ここは主催者Chrisの実家で家族Richard&Barbの牧場です。

その傍らニワトリが産んだ卵をアチコチ探し見つけたら持ち帰り翌日の朝食でいただきます。まるで宝探しゲームの様。でも一生懸命卵を温めている母ニワトリを目の当たりにして「I wanna warm this egg!」と言い始める子供たち。


Mattison Corner Farmのfacebookサイトはこちらです: Mattison Corner Farm

牧場-#1 Mattland Farm


この夏マティソンイングリッシュが開催するファームステイでは4つの牧場を見て体験します。今回はこちらMattland Farmのご紹介です。

Mattland Farmは150年の歴史を持つマティソン親族が運営する牧場です。
牧場の規模としては小さく150年を感じる牧場です。牧場主は元気いっぱいのMarkさん。Chris(Mattison English代表)のいとこになります。家畜は主に豚と牛。プログラム開催中はこちらの牧場で1週間お世話になります。


Mattland Farmのfacebookページはこちらから:

Exam Season


January… is a tough month right after holidays for students who are about to take exams regardless of whether they are in the US or Japan.

Entrance Exams from private middle schools to universities, Eiken tests or NY local school’s Midterm exam&SAT test…
We hear their scream, fear and some confidence. We take it seriously and get anxious as well.
But we believe their efforts that they put into for a long time for their tests will pay off. Hope to see their big smiles with great results.
We will continue to work with them and support anyway we can.
You…WE are almost there!!

New Year2019


Dear friends, 
☆Happy New Year2019☆

We want to wish everyone a blessed and peaceful New Year.We entered 2019 with a stronger commitment to teaching English and our summer farmstay program.

We feel that people are more and more serious about learning English every year and that communicating with others is the key to peace and understanding in the world.

We want to continue to be involved in the process of those who put their strong efforts into becoming great communicators. 

We thank everyone for their support of Mattison English for 19 years and look forward to seeing everyone in this new year.

Chris and Mio 
Mattison English

Holiday Season Activity!




Last week, our students asked, ” When do we make ornaments this year?”

Today, we have officially started making ornaments in our classes.

We write our names and the date on the back of each ornament to help remind us later of the struggles and accomplishments we had throughout the year.

Holidays like these are times to remember and make even more special memories. We hope to share our family traditions with all of our students as well.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!


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.

Our focus in this program was for students to use English in everyday situations on and off the farm on the following 3 topics:

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.
<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!

Great start! Farm Stay- session 1


Just a peak of our Summer Program….

Farm Stay2018 started on 7/21. For this session, the biggest thing we worried about was “rain”….
Good thing we were very flexible with our activities and kids were so up to everything we scheduled.  We ended up doing pretty much everything we planned to do!

We love the feeling that everyone starts to open up and be themselves to soak up the new experiences. By the end of the program, we were just like one big family. Even the Amish were surprised to see such a big family!

A student from Japan promised to come back as she headed back to Japan with a lot of great memories today.

We are looking forward to starting the next session on 8/1! We’ll organize and update all of the pictures and details after both sessions are finished! So please stay tuned!!




そしてプログラムが終わった今日、今回日本から参加していた生徒さんは「高校卒業したらきっと来るから!」と約束し泣きながら飛行機に乗り込みました。Mei, you are always welcome to come back.


来週スタート-Farm Stay2018 Starts Next Week



We’re excited to be starting our Farm Stay next Sunday.
Everything is all set. We’ve got the Kayaks, boat, and fishing poles ready to go! We’ve spoken to everyone involved and they are also excited to see us all.

Our groups will be heading to 3 working farms as well as Mattison Corner Farms.
1. Mattland Farms: Lodging and Morning chores on a daily basis.
2. Collins Farm: Cow milking experience
3. Alford Farm: Tour of the modern farm that has over 2000 cattle.

We will introduce our students to a wide variety of American Farm lifestyles including a visit to our Amish neighbor’s homestead. It’s going to be a fun-filled time packed full of activities and opportunities to learn and communicate using English. Please stay tuned for our updates.

Farm stay2018ももうすぐとなりました。5-6月と自宅の引越し、教室の引越しとバタつき牧場での最終チェックが遅れましたが、先週週末7/7-8はChrisと二人で牧場へカヤックや寝具カバーなどを運びに、そしてマティランド牧場との最後の打ち合わせをしに出かけてきました。










We are moving.

Empty shelves. After 4 years of teaching English in Harrison, NY, we are relocating Mattison English to our new home in Harrison, NY.
We appreciate all the opportunities we had that led us to where we are about to start.

From next week on July 2, we will start our lessons from our home in Harrison, NY.
We are looking forward to having lessons as we had back then in Japan; outdoor, cooking, and weekend activities.
We are so looking forward to starting from our home.



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