Bumblebee Room, ages 3-4 yrs

How We Learn

In the Bumblebee Room we encourage a love of learning by creating an environment that challenges our three year olds, but still conveys the comfortable and relaxed feeling of home.

Our language skills as well as our social skills are developing very quickly so a lot of our focus is on helping children learn to use these new abilities. We help children label and express feelings and solve problems with each other by stopping, listening and talking it through. Teachers work alongside children as the navigate the various social situations of group care, often helping giving words and explaining actions. As children gain self confidence and independence teachers sometimes are able to step back and allow children to work things out on their own.

The love of learning is encouraged as we provide an environment that three year olds can navigate to find and use materials and equipment that will help them grow in many different learning areas. Teacher directed activities are also used to stimulate interest in new concepts and build on those just beginning to blossom. Songs, stories and books are also important parts of our curriculum as children begin to gain an understanding of literacy and the worlds it can open

Finally, we encourage a love and respect for science and the world around us as we bring nature into our classroom and explore the world around us on our many field trips and outside times.


Heidi S

Heidi Schaaf, Lead Teacher

I have been in the field since 1999 and started at Red Caboose in 2002. In 2007, I left to spend time raising a child and worked at another center here in Madison. I returned to Red Caboose in June of 2020. I continue to study Early Childhood Education (ECE) at UW Milwaukee’s School of Education, where I most recently earned the Leadership Credential.


Resa FullerResa Fuller

I have worked with children ages three and older in a community theatre playhouse.  I planned and coordinated events and classes and created curricula for children’s theatre camps. I am excited to join the team at Red Caboose and work with the children in the Bumblebee classroom.



Katlyn MillerKatlyn Miller

I am a UW-Whitewater student studying Early Childhood Education and have been working with children for years.  I love sharing art activities as well as science and outdoor exploration.  I recently completed a practicum at Red Caboose and am excited to join the Bumblebee team this summer!




Meet our entire Red Caboose team.