A few days ago, my daughter and I played hooky to visit our provincial legislature.
My daughter is in grade 5 and the Ontario curriculum calls for studying how our government works. For some reason the teacher has decided not to cover any of this (or any social studies).But I thought it was to important to ignore. Knowing about our democratic system -and our responsibilities within in – is likely the absolute most important thing there is to learn in life (after eating and that Xena was the best TV show ever).
So I contacted our legislature explain we the situation and they offered to give us a free private guided tour. (Queen’s Park has a variety of great tours all free – see their list).
The tour guide was amazing and taught my daughter so much about how government works generally and in Ontario specifically at the perfect level for my daughter. She had her engaged and interested the entire time. She learned a lot – and so did I too.( I can’t know everything.)
Afterwards we went to the gift store and met the nicest sales staff person in Toronto. They had awesome postcards too – icing on the cake.
Here are the results of my shopping spree:
Toronto does not have the best postcards. So it was really exciting to find this one. One of the coolest gimmick postcards – a pop-up vista of Queen’s Park. Here’s it opened:
Aerial view of Ontario’s Legislature buildings and the park in Queen’s Park (the shortcut I use to get around University of Toronto).
And here’s Ontario’s flower, the trillium by a local artist.