“My daughter felt like she was in an imaginary world when attending Rainbow Tree Self Care Camp. She was enthralled with the natural environment and sensory experience. Rainbow Tree staff develop and implement interventions that are play-based, experiential, and developmentally appropriate. My daughter’s unique approach to the world was not only understood but valued.” — Mom, UW-Stout Instructor in School Counseling, School Psychology, and Special Education.
“My daughter asks me almost every day when she can go back to her camp at Rainbow Tree. Before working (and playing) with Lisa and her talented team, Scarlet struggled with her confidence and some important sounds in speech. She has gone to the Pre-K Boost-Up Camp 3 summers now, and each time she has improved by leaps and bounds. I am amazed at the profound difference a week-long camp has made. She loves Rainbow Tree!” –Mom, Heidi
“Rainbow Tree Find Your Rhythm camp is amazing! My daughter has gone for two years, and is excited to come back this year. She loves everything about it! She loves being in nature, and having fun activities that support her sensory and motor needs. She loves playing with the other kids. I love that there is ample adult support. I don’t have to worry that she will be pushed to do things she isn’t ready to do just to keep up with the other kids. The support staff are all trained professionals who work with kids in their “day jobs.” My daughter talks about this camp all year long. She asks at least once a week when she can go back.” — Mom, Mary
“Rainbow Tree Handwriting Camp was great! There were many activities that supported pre-handwriting readiness, and also writing in many different creative ways, such as painting with water on a chalkboard. Also fun activities like digging in the dirt for rocks with letters painted on them. Everything was fun and turned into a game. My daughter loved it and was excited to go back every week!” –Mom, Mary
Letter from a Volunteer: “Thank you Rainbow Tree! I am writing this letter to thank Lisa Haverly for the opportunity to volunteer during the Pre-K Boost Up Camp from July 29th-Aug. 1st, 2014. My niece, Michelle Paulisich, a Speech and Language Clinician, got me involved in the camp. It was the best experience I can honestly say I have been involved in and it was a fantastic opportunity for the 3-6 year olds involved. Two years ago, I reluctantly retired from teaching pre-school/kindergarten, after 34 years. It was always my dream to teach in an appropriately designed outdoor, hands-on experience for Early Childhood children. Graduating from college and trying to find a job, got me sucked into the public school system. Of course, I fought the administrative ideals, and had to teach the academics the best way I could, but I always felt and knew that the hands-on teaching or concrete learning was most beneficial to all small children. At my retirement time, I became frustrated with the push for the use of technology and computer testing being used to assess children’s progress in the Rosholt, WI area. I sadly left the system, but continue to volunteer in the Kindergarten classes to model techniques that are hands-on for those students who will always learn better with that approach. This summer, my niece who is a friend of Lisa’s, explained the camp called Rainbow Tree and I leaped at the chance to help out. It was a situation I only previously dreamed about, but now could participate in. In one week, I was totally immersed in a learning environment that I emotionally and professionally know is beneficial in any child’s learning process. The outdoor weather was perfect, the environment was naturally developed and preciously preserved and left as is to encourage a variety of learning. The important thing is, this camp has got it—the basic learning needed to help children grow using an atmosphere that is developmentally appropriate. This is one experience I plan to share with my own community –to make parents aware that you too can provide outdoor experiences with your children and have fun doing it. Thank you Lisa, Michelle and parents in Hudson for contributing to and making this camp successful! — Shary W. , Retired Early Childhood and Kindergarten Teacher