Learning centers are independent stations set up throughout the classroom where children can go to actually engage in some learning activity. Children choose the center they wish to work in and decide on the amount of time to spend there. The learning center approach provides a time when children explore and practice skills to their own satisfaction. These centers provide children with opportunities for hands-on learning, cooperative learning, social interaction, real-life problem solving, autonomous learning, and open-ended activities.
Children learn various subjects as they move from one center to another. For example, a subject such as life science can be presented in a life-science center of the classroom; such a center may have living animals and plants for children to handle. The classroom may also have an environmental center next to the life-science center. As young children move from the life-science center to the environmental center, they can explore the habitats of some of the animals.