Jennifer Garner teaches her daughter’s fifth-grade class 'genteel refinement' in hilarious video

By Heather Cichowski

Fans know that Jennifer Garner is a delight to watch on screen thanks to her various TV and movie credits, as well as her funny Pretend Cooking Show series on Instagram. Students in her daughter's fifth-grade class got to experience the actress's charm firsthand when she participated in a video lesson for the history class during the coronavirus pandemic.

Jennifer taught the young students the art of "genteel refinement" to close out their colonial history unit. And the rest of us are now able to enjoy the lesson since the 13 Going on 30 actress has shared the video on Instagram.

The mom of three explained how the events came to be in the video caption:

"Teacher: 'Wanna be a fifth grade room mom?'
Me: 'Sure!'
Teacher: 'Want to teach the girls Genteel Refinement to close out their unit on Colonial history?'
Me: 'Heck yeah, I do.'
Teacher: 'Well shoot, I guess it will be over Zoom.'"

Jennifer expressed her thrilled reaction to being asked with a trio of happy emojis. She also summed up her middle daughter Seraphina Affleck's reaction with four slightly less amused emojis.

Jen ended the post with the hashtags "#actorforhire #momforhire #tbttoMay"

The video, which was filmed in May, captured the actress dressed up in her best gown and bonnet to suit the period. In the instructional video, she gamely demonstrated the proper use of a fan and the various things it can mean.

“This can mean ‘How do you do.' This can mean ‘Isn’t it warm out,’" the mom of three explained as she briskly fanned herself. "This can mean ‘I don’t want them to see what we’re talking about, but can you believe the bonnet on Mistress Patience?'”

MORE: Jennifer Garner enlists her hilarious mom to help make her grandma's cornbread on her 'Pretend Cooking Show'

We're sure Jennifer's terrific performance kept the kids amused during COVID-19 lockdown and hopefully helped them ace their history tests!


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I call my mom every time I make cornbread—even though I’ve written the recipe in every notebook, even though I am sure I could toss it together in my sleep. Maybe watching this will show you why, perhaps, I just like to call my mom. ♥️ This cornbread takes no time at all, is incredibly forgiving, and is an every other day staple at my house: perfect to fill in a dinner, perfect for a snack, perfect for breakfast. Plus, it tastes like home. I hope you love it as much as I do. ♥️ . Grandmom’s Cornbread, by Patricia English Garner Ingredients: 2 Tbsp oil 3/4 cup cornmeal 1/4 cup flour 1 rounded tsp baking powder 1/4 rounded tsp baking soda 1 Tbsp sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1 egg 1 cup buttermilk . Directions: 1. Set oven to 450 degrees. Pour oil into a heavy skillet and put that in the oven. 2. Mix cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt in a bowl. 3. Add egg to the mixture and enough buttermilk until the batter is thinner than pancake batter. 4. VERY carefully take the skillet out of the oven and pour oil into batter. 5. Mix the batter and pour it into the hot skillet. 6. Return to the oven and bake. Watch carefully after 10 minutes, until brown. 7. Mom says eat with butter. 8. Yum.

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The Peppermint actress recently uploaded another instalment of her Pretend Cooking Show in which she made her grandma's cornbread. The video was extra special because Jennifer got some virtual help from her mom, Patricia Ann Garner.

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