I have been learning more about 2 great ingredients in Leadership Education: The Phases of Learning. The first one being Summers (Ingredient # 14, pg. 94), and the second one being The Cleaning Time (Ingredient #30, pg. 121). " Summers are for family, especially work projects, evening work and family activities." As many of you have probably done, we have re-vamped our daily schedule, for the summer. It is just too hot to play outside in the afternoons, so our children have play time in the mornings while breakfast is prepared, and then after our meal, we have family work and chores and then continue on with the rest of our day. I was happy to read that "Summers are a good time to sweat..." Good...we have that one covered! Whew! One concept that I had failed to see before, is that in the summer time, evening work is really important. Evenings are also for inspiring. (See more in ingredient #12, pg. 85) "It is still a good idea to have a great book going, through perhaps only one to four evenings a week instead of six or seven like in winter." The trick must be, to be able to make time for each of these things. Evenings at our house are filled with bedtime routines, medications being given and tube feedings being started, but even in our own small way, I know that we can add an evening cleaning routine to be inspired by! I am going to give some more thought to this and see what we can come up with! In reference to The Cleaning Time (ingredient #30, pg. 121), there is a part that speaks specifically to families that have young children only. It says "Get the children to pick up all their projects immediately when they finish and before moving on to anything else-run it like a Montessori classroom where there is a spot for everything and children must put things back before getting out anything new." We have done this in our home, and have found it to be quite successful. Our children are learning to take turns choosing activities, and to be patient when it is someone else's turn to choose. Our oldest recently turned 7 years old. We have seen him take small steps toward exploring what a Love of Learning looks like. In Leadership Education: The Phases of Learning, it says"...Love of Learners need to be trained to do jobs well, so we recommend that Mom be released from cleaning and instead be given a training and supervisory role only..." We recently devised a way to keep track of "Job Training" in our family. I still work alongside the children, but I came up with a simple chart, with the names of the children across the top, and the chores listed down the side. As I have trained the children in each specific chore, I just check off the box below their name. This way, we are able to see at a glance, which jobs a child can handle by themselves, and which jobs they still need help with or have yet to learn. In keeping with our decision to teach our children self-government, we have also come up with a list of "extra chores" and "major maintence's" for helping them learn to govern their behavior. "...cleaning time can can be a fast, efficient chore that you get out of the way without much concern. The key is getting in touch with what makes sense for the size and makeup of your family." What ingredients have you been studying lately?