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 Davila Students Learn About Nature, History at Farm

Students from Davila Day School enjoyed a lesson about history and nature on Sept. 15 when they visited a 1900s-era farm in National City.

On top of that, teachers at the school will incorporate what they saw and learned there into Common Core math and English lessons over the next week or so.

Two classes from the school visited the Stein Family Farm, which includes a variety of animals, an orchard, and a look at what life was like in the early 1900s.

“They go back with some fond memories,” said Vincent Reynolds, one of the founders of the nonprofit organization that oversees the farm.

They were able to tour a house filled with objects from the era, pump water, wash clothes the old-fashioned way, pet animals, and learn about the different creatures on the farm. There were chickens, rabbits, ducks, goats, emus, a donkey, a turkey, and a pot-bellied pig.

For Jackie, a student at the school, the highlight of the visit was getting to feed the donkey a carrot, she said.

Davila Day School is operated by the San Diego County Office of Education and serves students in preschool through 6th grade who are deaf or hard of hearing. It shares a campus with Vista Square Elementary School in Chula Vista.

Students from the school visit the farm every few years, as well as a local dairy farm in Lakeside, Principal Tina Neal said.

The field trips are especially important for deaf children, who sometimes don’t get the same experiences as children with normal hearing when they visit museums or other learning sites.

“The students benefit from study trips, such as this, as they need to have the real experience so they can make those connections to the language and lessons they’re learning in class,” she said.

Photo: Davila Day School students sign "E I E I O" at Stein Family Farm Sept. 15.