speech and language teaching concepts for how santa got his job in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/s/ initial


character growth

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary, Middle School

How Santa Got His Job

By Stephen Krensky

When Santa was young and needed a job, no one was looking for a man in a red suit to deliver gifts on Christmas. So Santa tried just about everything — from a chimney sweep to a postman to a circus performer. But none of these worked out. It wasn’t until he met a group of elves who helped him use all his special talents, that Santa was able to find his dream job.

This fun Christmas book can be used in speech therapy to target different types of verbs, as well as initial /s/ with Santa’s name being repeated throughout the story. It is also great for inferencing and sequencing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using How Santa Got His Job in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving
character analysis
illustration study
verbs (mental)
verbs (regular past tense)
complex sentence structures


order of Santa’s jobs


sure-footed, chimneys, proof, traffic, complaining, customers

Character Analysis:

Santa was a hard worker and desired to do something that kept him on the move. He seemed to enjoy all of his jobs, but for some reason was unable to keep them. Santa continued to learn more about himself with each job and finally found his perfect job.


verbs (mental)
verbs (regular past tense)
complex sentence structures


How do you think Santa’s previous jobs helped him be prepared for his final job?
Why do you think people were unhappy with their middle of the night deliveries?
Why do you think jealous animals would be a problem for Santa at the zoo?

Problem Solving:

Santa wants a job that keeps him on the move, but he has a problem finding a job he is able to keep. Will he finally find the perfect job?

If you are interested in seeing other Christmas books to use in therapy, then check out the Seasonal Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.