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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, about a year or so ago I decided to make a dedicated area in our home for a learning center to encourage learning and creativity outside of school.
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.
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#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 before going shopping
Once you find the perfect spot for the learning center, 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 thing I initially ended up purchasing was the easel.
#3 Figure out the color scheme and go shopping
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 three storage cubes that also function as a bookshelf and some cute bins for the craft and coloring supplies.
The color scheme came together naturally, which is teal and gray.
#4 Add in some furniture
Another thing to add to your learning center is tables and chairs so the kids can have a dedicated place to do their homework each day or play educational games together.
I opted to go with the Delta Children’s Kids Table and Chair Set.
Also, since I recently gave the kids one of my old laptops I let them have the standing desk that I was no longer using.
Don’t forget to add somewhere for adults to sit too.
For the adults, I have the Ergo Ergo, which encourages active sitting.
I mostly use it when doing storytimes before school and love it because it keeps your core muscles engaged, your spine in its natural curve while also gently moving the pelvis and stretching the legs.
While sitting on it I’m able to rock gently in any direction to build strength and flexibility.
#5 Make the learning center comfortable for the kids
The main thing is to make sure the learning center is comfortable for the kids.
You want them to enjoy spending time in this space after school, before school, and during breaks from school.
To make it as comfortable and kid orientated as possible I have wall decals up, wall art, a clock, and even a section for them to keep their backpacks hung neatly.
Other things I plan to incorporate into our learning center is a reading nook and bean bags.
Conclusion: It’s easy to create a learning center at home for the kids
Creating a learning center at home for the kids is easy.
While you may not have all of the things on hand that I did when I created mine making an investment into some education items will benefit your kids far into the future.
Have you ever thought about creating a learning center for your kids?