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Video Courses

Transforming Story Time

IACET Accredited
0.40 CEUs 3.5 Training Hours

It’s not just what you read, but how you read with children that makes all the difference. Transform story time into a brain-building (and fun!) experience for your children.

100% Free
Time to complete
3.5 Hours
Provides a
Certificate of Training
Recommended for
  • Teachers who work with children in preschool and pre-k

  • Families with children ages 3-5

  • People who want to understand the benefits of interactive story reads with children

  • Childcare program and site director

By the End of This Course You’ll Be Able To

After completing the course, the learner will be able to:

  • Demonstrate how to read interactively with preschool and pre-k children
  • Identify a focus book and explain why it should be read three times in a week
  • Determine what to focus on during each of your three story reads​
Why It Matters
  • Children need interactive reads to help them understand the meaning of stories and build vocabulary

  • Interactive story reads help build critical literacy skills for children

  • Being intentional about your story reads provides more

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

    TST Lesson 1: Introduction to START

     Duration 32  minutes
    In this lesson, you will take a first look at START and learn how to identify sophisticated storybooks.
  2. Lesson 2

    TST Lesson 2: The First START Read: State and Teach

     Duration 27  minutes
    This lesson introduces you to the first two elements of START and how they unfold in the first read.
  3. Lesson 3

    TST Lesson 3: The First START Read: Ask, Respond, and Tie

     Duration 30  minutes
    In this lesson you’ll learn about the last three elements of START, for a first read that highlights the key events.
  4. Lesson 4

    TST Lesson 4: The Second START Read

     Duration 27  minutes
    In this lesson you will learn how to do a second START read of a sophisticated storybook, this time focusing on the book’s characters’ thoughts and feelings.
  5. Lesson 5

    TST Lesson 5: The Third Read

     Duration 37  minutes
    In this lesson, you will learn how to do a third START read, where children will be doing a lot more of the talking.
  6. Lesson 6

    TST Lesson 6: Sarah’s Experience Planning for Transforming Story Time

     Duration 21  minutes
    In this lesson, Sara, a pre-k teacher, takes you through her experience planning successful START reads.
  7. Lesson 7

    TST Lesson 7: Responsive Teaching and START

     Duration 37  minutes
    At the end of this lesson you will have the skills to support each child in a transforming storybook experience.
  8. Lesson 8

    TST Lesson 8: End of Course Assessment

     Duration 16  minutes
    In this lesson, you will take the end-of-course assessment. 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

  • "The Cox Campus will give you practical tools to dramatically benefit the children in your classrooms, giving them the power to be successful in elementary school and well beyond."
  • "I love the Cox Campus courses because I am able to log on at my convenience and learn a little more information to help me be a better teacher/caregiver and even a better parent."
    Infant / Toddler Teacher
  • "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."


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