What a busy week! After an extended Spring Break, we returned to school on Monday, nine days into the seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot. During this period in the Jewish calendar, some Jews adopt the spiritual practice of Sefirat Ha-Omer, the counting of the days and weeks in anticipation of the upcoming festival.
This period in The Weber School calendar is also the beginning of a countdown to the end of the semester. With two weeks of AP Exams ahead of us and final exams following just three weeks later, this can be a stressful time of the school year for students and teachers alike. The stress on teachers, who monitor and grade exams, and write report card comments, cannot be underestimated.
Because many teens and adults find coloring books to be useful for relaxation, and because I wanted to introduce my students to this spiritual practice, I gave them an assignment to color two pages of Color the Omer (published by Bayit Publishing, 2021). This week, they shared their work in class, and I recorded them as they described their artistic choices. I also shared my work (pictured above) and a brief Artist Statement with the students.
The photos and videos of their Color the Omer pages will be featured next week on Bayit’s Builders Blog. I’ll be sure to share the link to the post here and on social media.
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Read Reflections on Color the Omer from the authors at Bayit’s Builder Blog.
We’re less than 2 weeks into the 7 week countdown, so it’s not too late for you to Color the Omer. Purchase your copy here.