Bridges offers the option for students to stay for a longer day. For two additional hours, students are able to spend time with a small group in the studio. Based on the Reggio Emilia approach, this group of Threes and Fours spends their time creating magical projects that are selected from their own developmental curiosity and events that have happened in and around school life.
Extended Day projects are open-ended. They may focus on an artist study, animal habitats, science, and or a variety of painting, printing, and collage activities.
The origin of Extended Day projects is always different. Bridges teachers focus on the exploration of the topic and a variety of materials to provoke creative thinking.
The Barn Swallows that nest every spring at Bridges always ignite curiosity. When they begin to hatch, students want to learn more. Books are read, nests located and sketched. Feathers may become the topic of discussion.
Bridges’ Reggio Emilia Summer Session
For Three and Four year olds, Bridges offers three two-week sessions that are open to Bridges students as well as members of the community. Each day, children engage in extended art activities, outdoor sculpture projects, collage, woodworking, outdoor activities, and water play. The Bruce Museum collaborates with Bridges to offer science and art activities each session.