WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- There's a saying that “April showers bring May flowers." The first spring flowers to appear are usually daffodils, dandelions, lilies, tulips, iris and lilacs.
Spring is a time of good cheer at The Orchard School in West Caldwell, where these flowers signify a time for new beginnings and a breath of fresh air. According to Erin Moss, director of The Orchard School, "Spring is a time of wonder, to let your imagination unwind after months of cold and snow. It’s a time for all of us to have a ‘spring cleaning’ where we throw away things we don’t need and welcome in fresh ideas.”
Spring brings joy to all of us, and that’s actually a fact. It’s a relief for our bodies and minds. Waking up with the sun shining in and going home from school with the sun still shining creates happy, relaxed feelings and makes us love the spring season. It makes us feel good and re-charged.
Do you know why the sun stays out longer in spring than in winter? Well, there’s extra daylight in spring because the earth's axis tilts more towards the sun during this time of year. On the first day of spring, the sunrise and sunset are about 12 hours apart everywhere on earth. Daytime and nighttime are exactly equal.
Yet, spring can be a little tricky. There’s another little saying that goes, ‘Spring comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb’. This means in the early part of spring there are some days that will be cold enough to snow, and in the later parts of this season, the days become warm enough to play outside with friends.
So here’s something we can all look forward to. Pretty soon, we can all go outside and smell the blooming flowers, fresh grass and experience the magic of springtime. And that’s not some little saying – that’s the truth!
For more information on The Orchard School at 360 Passaic Ave. in West Caldwell, visit orchard-center.com .