Education & Excitement!
Your Students learn while having fun at the Park. Use our FREE downloadable activity booklets from our website. Three different ones for varying grade levels with unique exercises!
The Waldameer Classroom
Welcome to class! There are three PDF files available for download marked as Elementary, Middle, and Physics. Use your discretion as to which activities are appropriate for your students. Feel free to use any portion of these materials.
You may wish to provide each student with their own packet or create groups to gather data and share their finding with others. With the help of these worksheets, you can turn Waldameer into an excellent hands-on multi-disciplinary educational site, ideal for classes, grade levels or your entire school!
The Waldameer Classroom provides an excellent opportunity for special interest clubs such as science, photography, music, etc. Waldameer Classroom field trips are a great way to motivate your students to learn from their experiences, observations and surroundings…and its FUN!
If you would like to help expand this program or have any comments/suggestions, please contact Michael Martin or Cindy Rounds at 814-838-3591, toll free 877-817-1009, or email us using our Group Sales Information Form.
Learning Through Play
In recent history, the study of play and its importance in our lives has gained a great deal of respect. It is now accepted that not only is play fun, it is necessary for proper physical, emotional, and mental development. The Waldameer Classroom combines play with learning in a beautiful, clean, and safe environment. The following excerpts are taken from an article entitled “The Case for Frivolity” by Shannon Brownlee in an issue of US News & World Report.
“Without play, particularly imaginative games, children fail to gain a sense of mastery and are less adept at social interactions than their more playful counterparts. “Freud said human beings need love, sex, and work, but he forgot play,” says California psychiatrist Stuart Brown. “I think we get in trouble socially, physically, and culturally if we neglect it.” Play is so vital, say Brown and others, in part because it lays the groundwork for creative thinking in adulthood.
Children gain physical skills through exuberant motion, just like any young animal. They also gain emotional and mental mastery through play, particularly through imaginative games, according to Jerome and Dorothy Singer, child psychologists at Yale University and authors of The House of Make-Believe (Harvard University Press)… Kids who initiate imaginative play, the Singers have found, show leadership skills in school. They cooperate more with other children than kids who don’t make believe, and they are less likely to antagonize and intimidate others.
The capacity for play may, in fact, be the hallmark of Homo Sapiens unparalleled flexibility. More than any other species, human beings can adapt to change–in their diets, in their mates, in political systems, in social conventions, even in climate. What makes that possible, argues Brian Sutton-Smith, a psychologist who pioneered studies of human play 30 years ago, is that evolution gave people an appetite for fun throughout their lives. “Whether we are talking about children or adults, a sense of play makes people optimistic, and it rewards variability,” he says.”