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Marvelously Made - the School for Young Children

13222 Bandera Road
Helotes, TX 78023

(210) 695-2043


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A school for children preschool - kindergarten. We offer an experience-based approach to learning which focuses on meeting the emotional and developmental needs of each child.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Montessori, Waldorf, Co-op, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

Marvelously Made is a school made for children. Our staff are extremely knowledgeable early childhood development and apply this understanding to every aspect of our programs. Using the standards set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as a guide, our school is a place which inspires children to try new things, explore possibilities and gain knowledge as they develop skills. Through a balance of planned and emergent curriculum our approach to teaching is project-oriented and experience-based.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Chapel Outdoor Classroom Art Studio

From the Director:

Through the use of three main indoor classrooms (construction, art studio and core curriculum room), garden areas, and an outdoor classroom, Marvelously Made is designed to support each child’s need for independence, discovery, and exploration. Each day the children at MM explore math concepts, participate in science experiments and sensory play, develop social skills, and create in our art studio. Language development is nurtured through the sharing of age-appropriate stories, pre-writing skills are honed with a strong focus on activities which strengthen fine motor skill development, the dictation of the child's original stories, and other language-play experiences. Children are exposed to letters kinesthetically, visually and verbally.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our teachers are knowledgeable in child education and development, well trained, and caring. The teachers plan together and provide opportunities to the children which allow them to expand their knowledge by activly participating in developmentally appropriate environments. Our low ratios and team approach to early childhood education allow us to plan for each child's needs in unique ways.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Marvelously Made we embrace all children as unique and "wonderfully made" by God. We know that young children are active learners; therefore, we encourage each child to discover the world through hands-on, interactive learning and the richness of open-ended play. This creates a solid foundation for a child’s formal education and a love of learning in the years to come. In an atmosphere of love and acceptance children develop positive self-esteems and confidence in their place in the group. Families are supported by our philosophy of sharing God's love, resulting in a community where we work together to create a wonderful place for children to thrive.

We believe that well planned classroom environments are paramount to the success of a child’s growth and development. In order to meet the unique needs and interests of the children we teach our curriculum is designed by our own staff with a balanced focus on spiritual development, readiness skills, pre-writing skills, social skills, and self-help skills. Activities are designed to be age-appropriate and developmentally challenging. Our day consists of both teacher-guided and child-initiated indoor and outdoor activities. Your child will have the opportunity to build relationships and develop appropriate academic and problem-solving skills.

A Typical Day

All children begin their day working in interest areas for approximately one hour. This time is spent completing activities the teachers have prepared. Children may work in the Art Studio, at science, in the construction room, math, language or make-believe areas of the school. Gathering Circle follows and is a time for literacy building and discussions of curriculum topics.
After Gathering Circle the children enjoy a snack time and then attend chapel.
The children then visit the Outdoor Classroom where they are offered opportunities to experience a wide variety of outdoor experiences which include large motor activities, science, make-believe and art.
Table Time activities finish out the day and allow the children to work in small, teacher-led groups as they develop targeted skills or work on more in-depth projects.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year