Sara Rask

Sara Rask comes to us with a foreign language background. She taught high school French in Peoria and Decatur, Illinois, including the International Baccalaureate and AP programs. Sara has a Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in French and Secondary Education and a Master’s Degree from St. Xavier University of Chicago in Curriculum. She is quite interested in helping homeschoolers incorporate foreign language at all age levels. Sara is very creative in general and has a knack for coming up with creative teaching options for parents. Working at Rainbow Resource has been a blessing for Sara. She gets to continue “teaching”, free from the constraints of the classroom setting.  Everyday she learns more about the products at Rainbow and how to best help our homeschooling customers and parents wanting to help their children learn beyond their classrooms. As mother of two teenage sons, Nick and Adam, she has experiences with two very different learning styles at home.

 

Sara Rask's Talks:

Download handouts for Sara's talks:

Choosing Curriculum the F.A.M.I.L.Y. Way
Opening the Window to Foreign Language

History Busters

Friday

10:15

Room 315

Choosing Curriculum the F.A.M.I.L.Y. Way

So you’ve decided to homeschool.  Now what?  Do you need a Curriculum Positioning Service (CPS) to navigate the terrain of curriculum choices?  This workshop takes an in-depth look at the FAMILY  factors – those things that really matter in your homeschool, whether you are a new or nearly new homeschool parent or simply need a breathe of fresh air! This workshop is designed to give YOU the tools necessary to make wise choices in all of your curriculum decisions.

 

3:30

Room 339

Opening the Window to Foreign Language in Your Home

Overlooked!  That's what often happens to foreign language instruction.  And yet, the “language window" is open and waiting in our children for only a short period of time.  Sara Rask, Rainbow consultant and former, High School French teacher, encourages homeschooling moms to introduce a foreign language to young children.  She walks through the transition to formal language learning in middle school and addresses the high school credit dilemma. Throw open the window and let foreign languages carry your child to fluency! 

 

Saturday

10:15

Room 315

History Busters

Busting the myth that history is confusing and that choosing history curriculum is overwhelming; we provide a comprehensive look at world history, American history and the plethora of related subjects that typically fall under the Social Studies banner. We will spend time looking at the “history” of history education and the current research on history education in the United States. Then we dive into the philosophies behind popular history curricula and help you find the best approach for meeting your family’s educational goals.