Pamela and I are doing a twist on picture studies like the ones described in the lesson plans last June. Not only do picture studies allow opportunities to explore fine art, but they give us scope to have conversation and make connections.
Now, we are working on theory of mind. I printed out six different Monet paintings of water lilies. In a typical lesson, Pamela picks one picture, and I put the rest away. She describes the picture and I ask questions to help me visualize better. When we come to a shared understanding, I pull out all of the pictures and mix them up. Then, I go through them, one by one, try to guess which picture she chose. I tell her my reasoning as we go along so she has the chance to see how important her details are.