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Best of LifehackerBest of LifehackerWhether we’ve made a complicated recipe absurdly simple, illustrated how to survive a natural disaster, or explained a political crisis in terms even your great-grandma would understand, these are some of our favorite stories from the past year.

For many of us, what began in mid-March as a two-week “remote learning” nightmare slowly but steadily morphed into a months-long experiment in keeping our children progressing in school while staying at home. Sometimes I like to think back on those early weeks—how naive we were; how hard we thought those first days were.

In some ways, it’s good that we couldn’t then fathom that we’d still be discussing online education for our kids all the way through the end of the year. Our sweet, delicate March selves probably couldn’t have handled it. Not one single day of this has felt easy, but there is one thing I am sure of: We have learned a lot about how to help them learn, even from the chaos of our own homes.

As we prepare for our kids to rev their studies back up post-holiday, it’s a good time to revisit some of our best at-home learning survival tactics.