25 Apr 16

Maximize Learning At Home

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Over the course of the past four years, my Design-to-Learn services have afforded me the opportunity to work with a number of amazing clients. No matter how many successful projects we complete, I am always so excited to go out on a new design consultation because it signifies a new beginning of sorts. While each new space and family presents their own unique set of challenges, I have noticed a few consistent commonalities that speak to the reason why our Design-to-Learn services continue to remain relevant across the board.

1.) Parents always want what’s best for their children.

Creating a stimulating home environment is an excellent way to encourage healthy brain development, good study habits and a positive association with learning. Research shows that quality, early educational experiences increase a child’s likelihood to do well in school, attend college, and increase potential earnings as an adult by up to 60 percent. It’s never too early to invest in your child’s future success.

2.) Disorganization benefits no one.

Spaces where large amounts of clutter has accumulated provokes unnecessary stress, and can be very overwhelming for adults and children alike. Imagine that you went to the kitchen to bake a cake. When you opened the cupboard where you expected to find the flour and sugar you found the toothpaste and some gardening gloves instead. In order to complete the task at hand, you’d have to stop what you were doing and search for the proper ingredients. It’s most likely, by the time you finally found what you were looking for, your motivation to bake the cake would have dwindled. If you think of your child’s belongings in a similar way, it’s evident how important it is to provide them with a logical system for organization. Knowing exactly where to find their toys and materials inspires self-confidence, independence, and more meaningful opportunities for learning and play.

3.) Functional aesthetics are a no brainer.

It’s a common misconception that functional spaces for children will lack in aesthetic and overall design appeal. In actuality children learn best in well planned environments where access to natural light, soothing color tones, and appealing textures, are taken into consideration. There are a number of children’s furniture lines on the market today that do a phenomenal job of highlighting functionality while maintaining the integrity of their designs. A couple of favorites: Pottery Barn Kids and Land of Nod. Our unique services combine interior design concepts, with a complete understanding of child development. We believe that style and functionality should always go hand-in-hand.

4.) Engaged children are happy children.

Many families with young children are feeling the pressure to engage their children in a variety of extracurricular activities. While it’s very important to ensure that your child remains active and occupied, it’s also imperative not to overlook what’s happening right inside your own home. Designing a livable, learnable environment invites child-centered opportunities for play, exploration, and creative expression that will ultimately foster their sense of engagement and a stronger sense of self. Remember there is a difference between healthy engagement and over scheduling, so opt for a balance, and keep the learning dynamic at home.

For more information on how our Design-to-Learn services can transform your child’s space visit our website at learnique.com.


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