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Slow down. Don’t rush through the busy season so fast you lose the magic and connectedness.
Truly enjoy the season. No need to grit your teeth and wait out the cold months like an endurance test.
I’ve got something special for you that will transform how you think of the cold, dark months.
Welcome to the Seasons School Winter Retreat.
I’ve made a delightful twenty-one-day programme for you and your children that’s rich with meaning, learning, creating, and connecting. There’s something special to do each day.
It’s based on the natural rhythm of the season and on the extra special activities my family has enjoyed as my children have been growing up.
It’s one part educational curriculum; one part seasonal celebration; one part family memory making.
The Seasons School Winter Retreat is like a cosy hug for the long, dark days.
Such a blessing at this time of year when we crave ritual, meaning, comfort, inspiration, joy, and family time.
Everything you need to learn about and celebrate the winter
:: over 70 pages of learning, activities, and printables
:: a complete twenty-one day program of nature, science, literacy, arts and crafts, sensory, and play
:: a planned idea for each day, with plenty of options for flexibility and choice
:: themed around the special words of the season, giving rhythm and ritual
:: follow as a daily countdown, or dip in and out through the winter season
:: materials lists and bonus printables make it so easy for you
:: created with children aged 4 to 10 in mind
The Seasons School Winter Retreat is perfect for you if:
:: you want something special this winter, to centre your family life on rhythm, ritual, and connection
:: you want a fun winter countdown of daily activities, for Advent or the Solstice, or the cold months of January or February
:: you want a non-religious set of activities for the holiday season, either to sit alongside your faith celebration or as your own special ritual
:: you want to connect your children to nature and learn about the seasons, Solstice, moon, and stars
:: you want a set of simple activities, using simple materials, to get your children away from their screens and into making, creating, playing, and learning
:: you want to re-fresh your home learning, to get more enthusiasm in the dark winter days
Here’s exactly what you’ll get in the Seasons School Winter Retreat:
- 70+ pages of lessons, activities, and printables
- 21 individual day plans in a connected program, sequenced around themed seasonal words. Day one is prepare, day two is welcome, day three is light, day four is cookies…
- all presented in a useful ebook that you can save and use year after year
- bonus printables including calendar posters, hand-drawn colouring pages, and journal and poetry prompts
- full colour photographs, materials lists, daily inspiration and instructions
- a delightful, relaxed, inspiring program to help you celebrate the season as a family
The 21 winter-themed days include:
- welcoming the new season and setting intentions for the coming year
- learning about the earth, the moon, the sun, and the seasons
- reading and writing both poetry and stories
- learning which foods are in season, cooking a winter feast, finding out where cocoa comes from, and building kitchen skills with cookies
- creating artworks inspired by the season, plus hand-drawn colouring pages and math lessons disguised as art
- winter crafts including lanterns, wreaths, and calendars
- stretching imaginations with playful, sensory ice and snow, and homemade winter wonderlands
- and learning how nice it is to pass the winter with ritual and rhythm, cosiness and connection
Bonus printables include:
- countdown calendar posters
- hand-drawn colouring pages
- poetry guide
- journal writing prompt cards
About Cathy James
I’m passionate about keeping children connected to nature and a creative childhood of hands-on learning. My own children have grown up in the garden, at the beach, and in the forest. We use nature as a vital part of our home education curriculum, and it makes our learning joyful and deeply connected to the rhythmic cycle of the year.
I’m the author The Garden Classroom (published by Roost Books) and used to work in school running the Year Four Gardening Club. I’ve also worked in preschool, highschool, and as a childminder, where my provision was rated as ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED.
With over twenty years experience in education I want to share what I’ve learned with you, so you can feel inspired, confident, and supported to give your children the best start in life. Let’s work together to deliver lessons that are engaging, impactful, and fun!
The Seasons School Winter Retreat
70+ pages of daily learning, activities, and printables
Everything you need for a cosy and connected winter celebration