Video Courses

Building World Knowledge

IACET Accredited
0.20 CEUs 2 Training Hours

Reading is a great way for children to learn about the world around them. Learn how you can bring interesting, informational texts to the forefront by pairing them with some of your favorite storybooks.

100% Free
Time to complete
2 Hours
Provides a
Certificate of Training
Recommended for
  • Teachers who work with children in preschool and pre-k, including dual language learners.

  • Families of children ages 3-5

  • Childcare program and site directors

By the End of This Course You’ll Be Able To
  • The learner will develop pairs of fiction and nonfiction books for preschool and pre-k children.
  • The learner will choose an appropriate informational text that pairs with a week’s focus book during REAL time.
  • The learner will use informational texts and responsive instruction during REAL time sessions to support children reaching REAL time goals.
Why It Matters
  • You’ll help children be able to better understand the world around them

  • Children will understand books are a great way to learn

  • Pairing storybooks with nonfiction supporting texts helps children learn

How it Works

  • Learn at Your Own Pace

    You don’t have to finish the course all in one sitting. In fact, we recommend you take this course a little bit at a time, incorporating what you’ve learned in the classroom.

  • Earn IACET CEUs

    In order to pass and receive IACET CEUs for this course, you will first need to complete all the lessons, then complete the end of course assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

  • Free Guided Resources

    As you go through a course, we’ll introduce you to free resources that will help you implement what you’re learning.

  • Never Learn Alone

    Have a question on what you’re learning in the course or how to use a resource? Reach out to the Cox Campus community for advice or to lend a helping hand to others.


  1. Lesson 1

    REAL Time Part 1

     Duration 44  minutes
    This course will help learners choose REAL Time topics, identify the components of informational texts and choose appropriate informational texts to use with their children.
  2. Lesson 2

    Learn More: Why REAL Time Works

     Duration 5  minutes
    This lesson presents the research behind REAL Time, and makes a strong case for using informational texts with young children. Bibliography included.
  3. Lesson 3

    REAL Time Part 2

     Duration 36  minutes
    This course walks learners through the REAL Time Planning Guide and helps them recognize the important components of REAL Time in action.
  4. Lesson 4

    Responsive Instruction for REAL Time

     Duration 25  minutes
    This course shows learners how to use checklists and the REAL Time Ladder to respond to children's needs in the classroom.
  5. Lesson 5

    Learn More: Previewing Vocabulary with English Learners

     Duration 6  minutes
    Carrie, an English Learners expert, explains how to give the English Learners in your classroom the vocabulary they need in order to participate in START and REAL Time. Video included.
  6. Lesson 6

    Real Time End of Course Assessment

     Duration 16  minutes
    In this lesson, you will take the end of course assessment and post course survey. You must score 80% or higher to pass the assessment and receive your certificate of completion.

Your Facilitator

Mary Carey, M. Ed.
Rollins Center Preschool and Pre-K Facilitator
Mary is a Rollins Center facilitator for preschool and pre-k educators. She is a member of the Rollins’ Content Development Team for online learning courses for Cox Campus and provides online coaching on Cox Campus practices.

Success Stories

  • "I have experienced more meaningful conversations with my students and have seen them flourish in literacy due to the incorporation of strategies I’ve learned."
    Pre-K Teacher
  • "I enjoy learning new ways to interact with children and to help them become the best they can be and be able to succeed in life to the fullest."
  • "I have learned so much to take back to my classroom. I’m using these learning experiences to help strengthen the language of each child and I see a difference each day in the children’s language."


The Cox Campus is the digital outreach platform for the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy. Our team is composed of experienced teachers, early learning and language experts, neuroscientists, school leaders, speech language pathologists and authorities in adult learning and curriculum design to give all children access to the Science of Reading to change the odds for all children.

The Rollins Center, of the Atlanta Speech School, in some cases, may allow an instructor, facilitator, content editor or a subject matter expert or consultant with proprietary interests to conduct professional development activities at Rollins events, provided that appropriate disclosure of such interest is made. Disclosure of proprietary interest will be made on course material and at the beginning of the course/learning event, when applicable.