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Sara Olds

BA - Humanities

MA - American Fine & Decorative Arts

Sara Olds received her Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Brigham Young University, and her Masters of Arts in American Fine and Decorative Arts from The Sotheby's Institute in New York. Sara also completed training in Arts Integration at The Crystal Bridges Museum....


Along with her focused study in business, her academic and work careers have given her unique insight into the practical application of the arts within various academic disciplines. Her interest in education blossomed during her master's program, when she recognized the failings of the traditional school system to encourage and teach individuals to learn to learn, and love to learn. She also became keenly aware of  the  Humanities' unique ability to unite information from various fields and solidify understanding of new material. The Humanities also indirectly teach skills for life, including critical analysis, empathy, and tolerance to name a few.


In addition to her love of the arts, Sara loves to teach. She has taught everything from swim lessons, to voice & piano lessons, to operating her own summer camp. Inspired by her second grade teacher, Sara believes learning is, and should be fun! 

The American Story

Ages:  9-10 

Location: In-Person & Online

Homework: Minimal/Optional. Most projects will be completed in the classroom. Some at home projects and Enhancement Activities will be assigned.

PreReqs: Ability to write a simple paragraph: 2-3 sentences

Materials: Kits will be provided for online students


This class is designed to give children a foundational understanding of the country we live in, the origins of our governments system and an appreciation for the many cultures, peoples, and events that shape our country to today. We will start by exploring American pre-history with the legends of various Native American tribes. Then we will examine the relationship between Native American tribes and early settlers -  their relationships of cooperation and conflict. Then we will follow the birth of our nation from the conflict with England to the development of the Constitution of the United States. We will study the founding fathers and the ideas that inspired them to build this new nation. 

Our journey through American history will cover Native American Culture, Viking Exploration, European Exploration, Settlement, and colonization, as well as the Revolutionary War, the early United States, the Civil War and the Expansion Westward. 


Designed to cover 5th grade US History Standards.


We start our study with the legends and stories of the Native Americans. 


Revolution and the Birth of a New Country  


Expansion Westward and Conflict at Home


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