When teaching students to read braille (or large print...anything actually) we have to consider the concepts in the book. For example, the book "The Beach" is a simple book. It has two words on each page and each page refers to something that can be found on a beach (rocks, shells, crab, starfish, fish, and bird). While the pages don't mention sand, that needs to be addressed as well. Some students may never have experienced a beach. The concept needs to be taught in order to help bring meaning to what the student is reading.
To help students understand the concept of a "beach", I created a container with the items included (rocks, shells, crab, starfish, fish, and bird).
The bird is not a "beach" bird, but was all I could find. I looked for the items in craft stores, dollar stores, and even pet stores. I found a few things, but not everything. I ordered additional items from Oriental Trading (http://www.orientaltrading.com/) and Rhode Island Novelty (https://www.rinovelty.com/). The nice thing about these two companies is that I can order in bulk (12 items or so depending on the item), as I know I'll be needing the item more than the one time. For instance, I'm thinking I might have her write a beach book from her perspective...