Online Class:

Children's Books: Reading Allowed

Instructors: Ashley Smith and Brooke Schmidt

Quality read-alouds enhance children’s literacy skills. In this course, you will choose read-alouds to use with your reading program by selecting from a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction. You will learn tips on how to best present a book to children and read with enthusiasm. You will organize this collection of read-alouds in practical, useful ways. This class is an independent exploration of choosing quality read-alouds. Upon completion of this course, you will have researched and created a biography of titles that are ready for immediate use and planned lessons incorporating them.

Course Outcomes:

  • Understand strategies for choosing read-alouds to engage students of all ages and abilities.

  • Choose quality read-alouds, design effective instruction using those texts, and consider how to integrate this effective instruction into current practice.

  • Organize your collection of read-alouds in a practical, useful way.

  • Explore websites; discover new resources and research current trends.

  • Survey books used in the classroom and library and assess goals for creating a climate of understanding and appreciation for diverse cultures and ethnic heritages.

For K-8 Teachers

This class is offered for 3, 4 or 5 Quarter Credits

Register Anytime! You can start your course TODAY!

1. Click "Registration" below. Our site will redirect you to an SPU registration page where you will pay both the TINT and SPU fee with a credit card.

2. You will receive an email from SPU with your receipt and a link to the coursework.

3. You have a year to complete the work at your own pace. Your grade will be posted on your transcript within a few weeks (and often sooner) of you finishing!

Fees:

Option 1: Non-Credit/Audit TINT Tuition Fee (30 PDUs): $525

Option 2: 3 Quarter Credit (60 PDUs) = TINT Tuition Fee: $525

+ $165 SPU Credit Fee (Click here for SPU Info) = $690

Option 3: 4 Quarter Credit (80 PDUs) = TINT Tuition Fee: $625

+ $220 SPU Credit Fee (Click here for SPU Info) = $845

Option 4: 5 Quarter Credit (100 PDUs) = TINT Tuition Fee: $715

+ $275 SPU Credit Fee (Click here for SPU Info) = $990

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Student Testimonials:

The independent study style affords busy educators like me the freedom and time to meet our own needs. I feel like I accomplished a lot of prepwork for this next school year and it was fun and non-stressful!! I appreciated the quick responses and feedback from Brooke and Ashley on my assignments. It helped me to know I was on the right track as I moved forward.

TINT Student


I am so incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in such a wonderful course. I consider it a true gift to have been able to find a course that suited this season of my life so well – one that stretched me as both an educator and as a stay-at-home mom. Going into it, I did not expect to enjoy the work even half as much as I actually did. Each assignment was truly a fun little adventure into read-alouds. I learned about so many new resources and so many new-to-me read-alouds! One added bonus of this course – my love for the library was reignited. I am so thankful that courses like this are available.

TINT Student

When I signed up for this class I was really excited to have some time dedicated to finding some new read alouds for my class. I was hopeful to have some that were linked to my existing Language Arts adoption. I was able to accomplish both of those goals. I thank you for the worthwhile class. I really enjoyed putting the time in for something useful.

TINT Student


This was a very enjoyable and informative class. The topic was high-interest for me and everything I read or explored felt 100% applicable to each day in my classroom! This was one of my favorite classes I’ve ever taken!

TINT Student


I don't know how you keep creating these wonderful classes, but I have enjoyed every one of them over the years and this one is no exception. I enjoyed that you got me looking at books that are new to me.

TINT Student