Dr. Maria Montessori introduced Practical Life exercises to provide the children with opportunities to perform simple tasks that they have already observed at home. Practical Life exercises enable the children to care for themselves, take care of the environment and develop respect for others.
Care of environment activities encourage the child to interact with the environment, exhibiting respect and love. These activities help the child form a connection with their environment, in which they find a personal responsibility towards it. Activities such as dish washing, watering plants, scrubbing cloths, weeding the garden, and grinding bird seed call to the child and offer much towards development of the personality.
‘Watering the Plants’ exercise provides an opportunity for children to take care of the environment. It also helps children to develop independence, control their body movements and improve concentration. ‘Care of environment’ exercises foster love for the environment and help children connect and engage with nature.