Bridges offers morning students the option of staying for a longer day. For two additional hours, students spend time in small groups in the studio. Using the Reggio Emilia approach, this Mixed Age group creates projects that are driven by their own curiosity and interest.
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
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 Darien Nature Center collaborates with Bridges to offer science and live animal presentations each session.