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42: Transitioning Your Kids Back to In-Person Learning with Jennifer Lemaitre

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It is that “back to school” time of year again but in 2021, things are looking a little different. After a year of virtual learning and unexpected homeschooling, many parents are preparing to transition their kids to in-person learning. This takes the back-to-school scaries to a whole new level. To help you navigate this unusual transition, Zuri has invited Jennifer Lemaitre to the Hot Happy Mess podcast.

Jennifer is an experienced educator who transitioned into becoming an online tutor back in 2018. She is also the founder of GEM Tutoring, a company that ​​provides exceptional and engaging instruction to greatly improve academic success, both in and out of the classroom. Today, Jennifer leads the charge on an important conversation that is new to our Hot Happy Mess community. The topic? How to support your children, their teachers, and yourself while transitioning to in-person learning.

From back-to-school anxieties to navigating conversations about COVID with your children, Jennifer shares her knowledge and wisdom to prepare you and your family for a smooth experience. She shares the biggest challenges she foresees happening for families who are transitioning their children to an in-person classroom. And she shares her best tips for creating a well-rounded education and social experience for parents who want to continue homeschooling.

Jennifer also dives into the nitty-gritty details on how you can support your child’s learning style, tools, and tips to help you overcome their learning pain points, how to support and manage your own back-to-school worries, and how you can support your child’s teachers during this transition as well.

This episode is a must for all our parents who are navigating these uncertain times. Tune in as Jennifer alleviates your back-to-school anxieties as she provides the tools and resources necessary to transition your child into another school year with confidence.

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Episode Resources: Finding A Tutor | How Teachers can Help Students Beyond the Classroom | G.E.M Tutoring

A Closer Look at the Episode:

  • [1:18] The biggest challenges that Jennifer foresee happening with back to school

  • [4:28] Alleviating back to school anxieties for middle and high schoolers

  • [10:17] How adults can navigate the conversation about COVID with their children

  • [14:10] Not ready to send your children back to school? Tips to ensure your children are getting enough academic and social experience

  • [19:02] The importance of structure in a homeschooled environment

  • [20:17] Getting to know and support your child’s learning style

  • [23:31] Tools to help your child overcome their pain points

  • [26:02] Jennifer’s top tips for parents and teachers to manage back to school worries

  • [31:16] How parents can support their child’s teachers

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In the HHM Crew, we value Community. Kindness. A Work Hard, Play Hard Mentality

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We can't wait for you to start sharing your stories, not just with one another, but also with Z! Remember, this is a safe space, so no topic is off-limits. We just want us to have FUN! We want this space to feel like a long-distance brunch. Y'know? So grab a drink, a snack, pull up a chair, and let's all virtually hang!

Recent episodes: if ya feel like bingeing!

ICYMI: Listen to Episode 34: How To Slay Your Anxiety ICYMI: Listen to Episode 33: Zuri Hall on Protecting Your Peace + Doing a Year of Yes

ICYMI: Listen to Episode 27: Screw Finding Your Dream Job! It’s Time for Your Dream Life!

ICYMI: Listen to Episode 16: Zuri Hall on Egg Freezing, Building Friendships, and What to Do When He Cheats

ICYMI: Listen to Episode 12: The Best Sex Ever Episode (What You’ve Been to Shy to Ask!!)

ICYMI: Listen to Episode 9.5: The Craziest Single Years Sh#t We've Ever Done

ICYMI: Listen to Episode 9: ...How to Be Single & (Not Just Pretend to) Love It

Go back to the beginning --- ICYMI: Listen to Episode 1: How to Be Happy


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Zuri Hall is an Emmy award-winning TV host (Access Hollywood, American Ninja Warrior) and is the executive producer & host of this millennial-focused podcast that will empower women to avoid “best life burnout” through candid conversation, expert panel discussions, and real-life, human interest stories from everyday women.

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