It may not be for everyone, but home-schooling is certainly a viable educational option for some families. There are more than 4,500 students in New Hampshire who spend their school days at home, and about 1.5 million children nationwide.

Most youngsters thrive in public or private schools, but others simply prefer to learn at home, from parents and other adults. It’s an idea that once attracted mainly Christian fundamentalists and the anti-establishment element, but has caught on with parents in the mainstream.

Home-schooling is an excellent way to have almost total control over a child’s learning process and it allows families to spend more time together. Instead of separating each day for school and work, typically one parent is home with the children, supervising their studies and planning educational trips.

Teaching children at home does require a lot of planning and effort by parents, but it seems to be well worth the time and dedication. Youngsters taught at home typically score very well on standardized tests and are able to devote additional time to those subjects that engage their interest.

Lack of socialization is often a concern mentioned by those unfamiliar with home-schooling, but parents involved in the process point out that their children participate in such group activities as karate, gymnastics, Boy and Girl Scouts, religious studies, 4H Club, swimming lessons, theater and cheerleading.

Public and private schools offer a first-class education for local students, but home-schooling is an practicable alternative that can be the perfect fit for some families.