4-5 year-olds

Annie Wright’s 4-5 year-old program is responsive to Prekindergarten students' unique temperaments and developmental needs. Rich, age-appropriate experiences and versatile materials satisfy a child's curious nature and support his or her developmental growth. Our International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme curriculum is inquiry-based, thoughtfully planned and developmentally appropriate for each child.

Preschool 4-5 Curriculum

List of 9 items.

  • Language Arts

    The language arts curriculum is rich with activities and experiences that encourage listening, speaking, writing and reading readiness. Language arts may be taught as part of math, science, social studies, or any other area of the curriculum. Children become familiar with a variety of literature and learn to express complete thoughts and ideas in proper sequence. Students also learn to recognize and print most capital and lowercase letters and begin the process of phonetic spelling. The "Handwriting Without Tears" program develops all areas of the language arts curriculum, improves fine motor skills and encourages creativity.
  • Learning Resources

    Teachers recognize students’ unique learning styles and assist them in reaching their full potential by helping them develop strategies for success. Learning resources are also available from Learning Specialists, who provide both extra challenges and extra support with specific skill work as necessary. Social/emotional resources are also available from the Lower School Counselor, who offers parent education; meets with teachers, individual students, small groups and entire classes; and provides the social/emotional support that helps children feel secure, successful and happy.
  • Library

    Prekindergarten students enjoy listening to stories on their weekly visit to the Library. Four-year-olds especially appreciate humorous stories and complex illustrations. They also enjoy big words, silly sounds, and nonsense rhymes in the library’s collections of poetry books. A major goal of the Prekindergarten library program is to develop a love for books and stories that lasts a lifetime.
  • Mathematics

    Learners in Preschool 4-5 will understand that numbers are used for many different purposes in the real world. They continue to develop an understanding of one-to-one correspondence and conservation of number, develop use of number words and numerals to represent quantities, classify and sort objects, as well as build on their understanding of patterns and shapes. The “Get Set For School: Numbers and Math” program uses hands-on manipulatives to help guide student understanding of these concepts.
  • Music

    Preschool 4-5 musicians continue to explore musical sounds using simple instruments. While the program continues to stress a steady beat, students begin to explore the use of various sounds at different times. Students also continue to develop simple dancing and singing skills both with and without instrumental or pre-recorded accompaniments. Starting in Prekindergarten, private music lessons are available for an additional fee. These lessons are a shared adventure in music involving both child and parent. Each student learns the basics of his or her instrument and has the opportunity to perform.
  • Physical Education

    "We like to move it, move it!" is the cheer you hear as PS 4/5 students enter the gym for their bi-weekly physical education class. The aim is to stimulate interest in healthy lifestyles and get students excited about being in motion. Activities are designed to focus on fundamental movement skills which include: stability, balancing skills, manipulative skills (throwing and catching) and locomotor skills (hopping, jumping, galloping and running). All of these skills are emphasized through games and activities that work toward achieving the learning outcomes defined within the PYP program. PE for PS 4/5 also includes the traverse-climbing wall as a way to build strength, endurance, confidence, self-esteem and problem solving. Climbing, rolling, leaping over obstacles, throwing, kicking and dancing to music all serve to help children discover the joy of physical activity and teamwork.
  • Science

    The inquiry-based science curriculum offers authentic learning opportunities to budding scientists. The program emphasizes a range of skills including observing, comparing and contrasting, predicting, sorting, and the beginnings of ordered thinking. Examples of topics include exploring seasons, potato and pumpkin planting, and investigations that include the use of microscopes. Topics are integrated with the PYP Units of Inquiry, and are often fluid as in the nature of science itself.
  • Spanish

    Prekindergarten students have Spanish lessons twice a week. During class students learn songs, hear stories and engage in movement activities in Spanish. Students ask and answer simple questions in Spanish and explore cultural aspects of diverse Spanish-speaking countries.
  • Swimming

    All PS 4/5 students participate in swim class once a week throughout the school year. In a nurturing environment, teachers work with the students both in the locker room and in the pool to gain independence and learn how to be safe. The program is designed to build upon skills learned as PS 3/4 students.

    Swim skills include:
    • Safety in and around the pool 
    • Comfort and security in the water
    • Open eyes under-water
    • Breath control
    • Front glide with kicking and face in the water
    • Kick with board
    • Back glide with kicking
    • Crawl stroke with face in water
    • Introduction to elementary backstroke
    • Jump in and return to side

For questions please contact Lower School Admissions Director Chelsea Thompson at 253.284.8602 or


Annie Wright Schools
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403


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Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower and Middle Schools offer coed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for girls and boys offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.