speech and language teaching concepts for I got the christmas spirit in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:




Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

I Got The Christmas Spirit

By Connie Schofield-Morrison

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and a mother and daughter are enjoying the sights and sounds of the holiday season. The little girl hears sleigh bells ringing and carolers singing. She smells chestnuts roasting–CRUNCH! CRUNCH! CRUNCH!–and sees the flashing lights of the department store windows–BLING! BLING! BLING! She spreads the spirit of giving wherever she goes. And when she reaches Santa, she tells him her Christmas wish–for peace and love everywhere, all the days of the year.

This exuberant picture book explores the joys of the holiday season and can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like the spirit of giving. This Christmas book is filled with large, bold text features and onomatopoeias on every page and is an exceptional book for targeting regular past tense verbs! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using I’ve Got The Christmas Spirit in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
illustration study
figurative language
verbs (regular past tense)
text features


the order of “the spirit” as the young girl moves throughout the urban city


spirit, shivered, nipped, soul

Character Analysis:

The young girl explores the city and shows that we all have the giving spirit of Christmas inside ourselves.
The girl’s facial expressions help connect to how she is feeling.


The homeless family will pull on your heartstrings and help deepen the connection to understanding the “spirit.”

Figurative Language:

filled throughout with onomatopoeias


verbs (regular past tense)

Text Features:

the onomatopoeias are in animated and colorful text


The word “spirit” used throughout this book has a lot of underlying meaning – use connection to pictures for a deeper understanding.
“I’ve been saving the spirit all year long.”
“I heard the spirit in the air.”
“I shivered as the spirit nipped my nose.”

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.