I swore I wouldn't enter the coloring book discussion, but here I am.
My concern about coloring sheets in general ed is:
1. Time spent on color sheets could more easily be spent on more meaningful
2. Like TV in the classroom, why not give students something they don't
have in aboundance at home?
3. My biggest problem with my elementary art students are children that
insist I "do it for me" and fall apart when I won't. I feel strongly that
things like coloring books and TV set this up.
4. My very creative and talented daughter and creative but with poor fine
motor skills son both HATED coloring activities in class. BORING! They
especially hated it when it came home for homework. Are we stifling
creativity in some in order to provide calming work for others?
My suggestion would be to work on teaching children confidence in drawing.
Use worksheets that provide creative outlets, such as pattern sheets or the
"Uncoloring Book", and let them do coloring sheets at home if they like.
Just my opinion.
J. in B.