Welcome to the Essentials of Homeschooling. I’m Sharon Hancock. I’ve been a homeschool teacher for 15 years (still going) and have nearly 30 years experience as a writer, editor and freelancer.

I’m a native Floridian who swapped her flip flops for snow boots upon moving to Colorado with my husband. Turns out I didn’t need to: Folks in Colorado wear sandals year round—they just add socks in the winter. We've since moved to and lived in a few different states, and now reside near Washington, D.C., with our two children. Our oldest is a college junior and our youngest is in eighth grade.

Throughout our years of homeschooling we've met hundreds of wonderful families who are all on a quest for the best education for their kids. We've seen there are as many different ways to homeschool as there are personalities. And yet one principle stands true across the board: The heart of homeschooling is not the academics; it's the intangibles that influence and mold our children, the things that enable them to grow, mature, and succeed, to dream big and accomplish much.


If you're new to homeschooling or simply exploring the possibility, I hope you’ll connect with the Essentials of Homeschooling. Check out the blogs on this website. I invite you to subscribe to a biweekly email that delves deeper into different aspects of homeschooling. And join in the conversation. We can help each other thrive and succeed in our homeschool journeys.

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