“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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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.
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!
See you all next summer!
We visited our hometown(Richalnd, NY) on labor day weekend.
We got all these fresh grass fed meats from our family “Mattland Farm”!
Thanks to Mark and Angela Mattison!
Mark and Angela are the owners of Mattland Farms. And Mark is a 6th generation farmer.
We had a great time talking about our future plan…
“Farm Camp Program”
where people can be exposed to beautiful American nature and enjoy some farm activities.
And be able to take ESL lessons while staying right at the farm!
Please stay tuned for our next step up!
To do list is too long tonight.
Making our clients wait…letting sons take their own responsibility…We feel we are falling behind getting things done.
A big contract is coming up, too….
Our mom(in Japan) always told us”Just do things one at the time, don’t think about anything else. Watch your step! Focus! You can handle it if you guys are together.”
IF this is the moment and the opportunity….
We should hang in there..!!
Just finished today’s work with Chris.
Mattison English is getting busier. Glad to meet many new people. Some people find us via online, some pick up our ads in front of our office. But most of all, it’s from word of mouth from current students of ours. We are so pleased and appreciate how we can connect to people.
Let’s have a great new school year!!