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.



Jane-McCarthyJane McCarthy

I have fifteen years of experience as a stay-at-home mother of four and ten years of experience working with children in a childcare program within a health and fitness center.  I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and hold a Wisconsin Preschool Lead Teacher certification.  I am excited to be part of the team at Red Caboose and work with the children in the Bumblebee classroom.



Dionna BDionna Blathers

I developed a love for teaching from my sixth grade teacher, Ms. Lindburg at Sennet Middle School, who showed me a love for learning which turned into a love for teaching. Years later I was honored to be an assistant special education teacher with MMSD. I am the mother of three wonderful children and two adorable fur babies. I am engaged to a great man who’s very supportive and eager to see where this new journey takes me. I can’t wait to get to know my new Red Caboose family, including children, parents, and staff. Stop by the Bumblebee room and say hello!


Meet our entire Red Caboose team.