—Madrona Elementary teacher
The Catherine Mayer Foundation is in partnership with the University of Washington College of Education and Dr. Janine Jones, and Madrona Elementary School in Seattle. This partnership is evaluating the impact of art-based mindfulness on the learning experiences of chronically stressed children in their learning environment.
The Study is built on the premise that children can benefit from mindful practices through visual, physical, and tactile sensory experiences. Through use of the L.A.U.G.H.® App and Ambient Art® technology, students are engaged in art-based mindfulness and are likely to reap the same neurological benefits as traditional mindfulness approaches. In the school context, chronically stressed students will be better able to regulate their emotions, have increased compassion for themselves and others, feel more connected to school and have greater joy in the process of learning. These benefits will occur not only for individual students, but also for the classroom environment and overall school culture.
- The L.A.U.G.H.® App is an art-based mindfulness app that students will be using twice a week in 20-minute sessions throughout the school year.
- Year 1: Eighty (80+) students across four classrooms in the 2nd and 3rd grade participated in the pilot.
- Year 2: 269 students across 12 classrooms, grades K-5, are participating in the program.
- During L.A.U.G.H.® TIME, students will practice mindful breathing, create and share their art work, and answer related questions about the impact of L.A.U.G.H.® TIME on learning and school.
- Students’ art work comes alive through Ambient Art® technology, displayed on monitors in the classroom and cafeteria.
- Reduced stress
- More focused attention
- Increased joy in learning
- Increased connection to school and peers