excalibur-clrc-upper-elementary-language-arts-iiiLanguage Arts III

Language Arts 3 is a perfect transition into CLRC’s middle school and high school Literature and Composition classes. Over the two semesters, students work on a range of long and short writing tasks to develop the ability to choose which writing skills best suit a particular task. Students build up an array of writing ‘tools’, and, learn how to choose which tools are appropriate for which task.

Language Arts 3 is designed both as a continuation of Language Arts 2 and as an entry level course for students who would like more preparation in grammar and writing before beginning CLRC’s Introduction to Literature and Composition. Dependent upon the needs and homeschooling style of each family, Language Arts 3 can be taken as a graded or not-graded class. With either option the teacher provides corrections and comments on both grammar and writing assignments.

In the grammar section, students continue to build on their knowledge of sentence structure — constructing and analyzing complex sentences. Students study a wide variety of main and subordinate clauses, infinitive phrases, and discover how best to use verb tenses and the subjunctive form.

CLRC will be offering two different sections of Language Arts III. See full details, including course descriptions and books, below.

Spring registration is open!

Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.

"I wanted to thank you, Dr. Baumert, for the feedback you are providing my son in your Language Arts III course. He recently shared the constructive feedback you provided on his writing assignment from last week and I thought it was so very thoughtful and helpful. 
I am so very glad I choose CLRC and your class. I look forward to seeing where his writing is at the end of the school year having already seen improvement. Last year, I was quite concerned, this year I can see his writing begin to mature and take shape. It's a good feeling. Thank you."
-- Karen J. California

Section A

Adventure awaits! Opportunities come — and with them all sorts of choices present themselves. In the books to be read in this course, students will be given opportunities to examine the choices each protagonist makes, consider whether they are wise or foolish, and discuss the outcomes of these choices. The reading list is both intellectually and linguistically challenging, and thematically broad, running from Chaucer (a version edited to suit children), T.H. White, and Charles Dickens to John Meade Falkner and Robert Louis Stevenson. We will also explore poetry: reading, listening and enjoying.

Books:     • The Sword in the Stone        • Treasure Island        • A Christmas Carol        • Chaucer for Children        • Moonfleet

For the Grammar portion of the class, Dr. Baumert will use exercises selected from Voyages in English. The Practice Book is available here.

Instructor: Susan Baumert, Ph.D. | susanbaumert.clrc@gmail.com
Prerequisites: Language Arts I or Language Arts II ,
or instructor's permission.
Age Level:
11 - 15 years
Grade Level:
6 - 9
Minimum Enrollment:
Maximum Enrollment:
Tuition per Semester:

Section B

Over the course of the last 1,500 years, English-speaking people have produced a body of Literature that can be considered one of the greatest achievements of human civilization. In this course, young readers are introduced to the great breadth and merit of that achievement. We shall read, discuss, and write about the most prominent English-language authors and stories, both excerpts and summaries, as well as entire works. The reading list is both intellectually and linguistically challenging, and thematically broad, running from classic tales from Chaucer,  Shakespeare, Washington Irving, along with entire unabridged novels by Charles Dickens, George MacDonald, and Robert Louis Stevenson. We will also explore poetry: reading, listening and enjoying.

Books, Semester 1

  • English Literature for Boys and Girls by H. E. Marshall
  • The Chaucer Story Book by E. M. Tappan
  • Tales from Shakespeare by Charles Lamb
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Books, Semester 2

  • The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald
  • Irving's Alhambra (Classics for Children) by Washington Irving, ed. Alice H. White
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Note: All books for this course are available as free downloads at Heritage History.

(If you would like to enroll in this class but cannot attend at the posted time, please contact us.  We may be able to open an additional section.)

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Susan Baumert, Ph.D.

Susan White Baumert completed her B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she double majored in Religious Studies and in News-Editorial Journalism.  She went on to earn her M.A. and Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America.

Susan and her husband homeschool their three sons, who have inspired her work in classical education, in the Montessori method, as well as her work in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, all of which she has used while homeschooling and volunteering in her community over the past eight years.  She is a certified Montessori instructor and has a love for teaching at all levels.

Susan lives in Falls Church, VA, where she enjoys reading, teaching her boys, painting, going on bike rides as a family, and playing with their two toy poodles, Bella and Galaxy.

Seraphim Winslow, B.A.

Seraphim Winslow was dean of students and principal of a classical K-12 academy in San Francisco for over a decade. In addition to homeschooling his son, he has been teaching English, the classical Trivium (Grammar, Logic and Composition), Modern Languages, the Humanities, and Western and World Civilizations and Cultures to students of all ages for more than 30 years. He particularly enjoys working with students in the 4th through 8th grades.

Seraphim graduated with a B.A. with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds Associate of Arts degrees in Philosophy, the Humanities, and General Studies. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Philosophy at San Francisco State University.

Seraphim enjoys the thrill of getting lost in cavernous university libraries and old European bookstores. He also enjoys riding his recumbent tricycle through the pine-laden Sierra foothills, where he lives with his iconographer wife, Lena; his 17-year-old son, Theodore; and their cat, Skipper.

Art should be truth; and truth, unadorned, unsentimentalized, is beauty.
— Elizabeth Borton de Treviño, I, Juan de Pareja

Textbooks listed below are for Dr. Baumert's Section A only.

Texts for Mr. Winslow's Section B are available for download at the Heritage History link listed above in the Section B course description.

Amazon links for textbooks and materials are provided for the convenience of our parents and students. 
The CLRC is an Amazon Associate.

sword stone

The Sword In The Stone


Treasure Island


A Christmas Carol



Chaucer for Children