In recent weeks, the spread of COVID-19 has resulted in extended school and business closures. At SYF, we’re working closely with our Simon Youth Academy teachers and administrators to ensure academy staff and students feel supported during these uncertain times.

With the shift to distance learning across school systems nationwide, many teachers and parents alike are grappling with educating and keeping students engaged at home. We’ve compiled a list of helpful home-based activities and resources below.


  • Online Tutoring: pairs college students from top-tier universities with students between the ages of 5–18 for 1-to-1 tutoring lessons. To help families coping with school closures, GoPeer is currently offering 1,000 free hours of tutoring to students. Visit their website to learn more about how to sign up for tutoring lessons.



  • Engaging with Students from Home: Simon Youth Academy teachers have taken to social media to connect with their students. For example, Seith Bedard, Director of Simon Youth Academy at Northshore Mall in Peabody, MA, has been posting daily assignments for his students, coined “Mr. B’s Homeschool Challenge.” Activities like these keep students engaged and connected to their teachers and classmates.


  • Virtual Museum Tours: 12 famous museums across the world are offering free virtual tours. MSN shared a list in this article.



  • Journaling: Big Life Journal offers resources that help kids develop a growth and resilient mindset so they can face life’s challenges with confidence. Resources are available for a variety of age groups.


  • Cooking and Baking: Use this time to prepare meals as a family with one of these kid-friendly recipes from The Food Network.


  • Craft Projects: Head to Pinterest for craft or DIY inspiration for kids, teens and adults alike.


  • Board Games and Cards: Break out your favorite board game or play a game of cards with loved ones to keep your mind engaged.

We encourage educators and students alike to share any additional resources you find in the comments of this post! SYF will continue to share tips and advice through our blog and social media channels.