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One thing I’m big on in my home is education. I want my kids to enjoy learning and I feel that for them to do that they have to have a variety of fun activities and a great learning environment at home. Therefore, when we moved to our new place I knew they would have a space that is dedicated to learning activities and nothing else. So, today I’m sharing with you how I created a learning center at home for my boys in case you’re looking for tips for getting a learning center in your home for your kids as well.
#1 Find the Perfect Spot in Your Home
In my case, I selected a room that is near the back of the home with a window. That way after school they can use the natural lighting from outside and it also is far enough away from the living room that I don’t have to worry about them getting distracted by wanting to watch television or play the game.
#2 See What You Already Have to Go in the Learning Center Before Spending Money
Once you find the perfect spot for the learning center next, it’s time to bring out all the learning materials and organizers to see what you already have so you don’t accidentally purchase something that you didn’t need.
In my case, we already had a ton of books and educational activities so to get things rolling I didn’t feel that I needed to purchase more right away. The only new thing that I added was an easel, which I still must set up lol.
#3 Figure Out the Color Scheme and Start Shopping for Organization Items
I may be a little OCD, but I absolutely hate clutter. When it comes to their things, especially, everything must have its own place, or any room can easily become chaotic. I ended up purchasing two storage cubes that also function as a bookshelf and some cute bins for the craft and coloring supplies. However, I do feel as though the two cubes need some additional shelves to space things out a bit and to have room for more books and activities so I’m ordering a third one to add to it. The color scheme came together naturally, which is teal and gray.
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#4 Furniture – Can Anything Be Repurposed Temporarily?
Once everything is organized then the bigger stuff must come into play. In my case, I’ll be adding some laptops and tablets to their education center, but that’s not really stuff you want to lay on the floor. Therefore, for the time being, I’m letting the kids have my standing desk so they’ll be able to have somewhere for the electronics station until I decide whether they will have a desk, table, or whatever.
#5 Make It Comfortable for The Kids
While our learning center isn’t complete, the last step is to make it more comfortable for them so it’s a place that they’ll enjoy spending time in after school or during the mornings during summer break. My idea for the final pieces for the learning center is for them to have bean bags (now we just have a rug down) to lounge on while they read, a reading nook by the window, and some fun wall decals and/or wall art (as of now we have a plaques up and an inspiring clock).
Final Thoughts on Creating a Learning Center at Home
Overall, creating a learning center at home doesn’t have to be expensive or stressful. All it takes is seeing what you have, envisioning what your children would like, and doing a little shopping either at JMD Furniture or Amazon to get a few items for them to fall in love with it.
Do you have a learning center at home for your kids? How did you make it a place where they look forward to spending time daily?