Fun and Practical Homeschool Elective
Have your teens been asking for a fun and practical homeschooling elective? The Auto Upkeep Homeschool Curriculum Kit has the resources you need to homeschool your high school student on basic car care, maintenance, repair, and ownership. Help them become confident auto owners! Students learn best by doing…and that’s why homeschool moms, dads, and children prefer home education. Hands-on learning keeps the attention of students, especially teenagers. Best of all, you don’t need to be an auto technician or have an auto shop to perform these homeschool activities. Don’t take our word for it, read the reviews HERE. Your child will most likely own a car…give them the home learning experience so they can be empowered automotive owners.
What’s in the kit?
The Auto Upkeep Homeschool Curriculum Kit 3rd Edition (c) 2013 consists of:
- Auto Upkeep Textbook …200 FULL COLOR pages…20 Easy-to-Read Chapters with over 400 Illustrations
- Auto Upkeep Workbook…152 FULL COLOR pages…32 Hands-on and Internet-based Activities with over 200 Illustrations
- Homeschool Resource CD which includes a Course Syllabus Outline, PowerPoint Presentations, Lab Activities, Study Questions, Chapter Tests, Exams & Final, and Answer Keys – If you do not have a CD Drive on your computer we can share the files using Dropbox at no extra charge. Or, if you prefer we can mail the files on a USB Drive instead of a CD for a $10 charge.
Preview Our FREE Sample Unit!
Check out our FREE Sample Unit + Extras! Click HERE to download. (Please be patient…the PDF file is 8 mb). This sample includes:
- Auto Upkeep Course Syllabus Outline
- Chapter 1 – Introduction and How Cars Work from the Textbook
- Chapter 1 – Introduction and How Cars Work from the Workbook
- Chapter 1 – Introduction and How Cars Work PowerPoint Slides
- Daily Reflection Log
- Chapter 1 – Introduction and How Cars Work Test
Mom and Dad Approved!
Just take a minute to read what others think about the Auto Upkeep Homeschool Curriculum (read homeschooler reviews HERE). My favorite quote is from Amy Christy, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine – “When I first thought about this course, I envisioned this being more of a father son project, but I ended up being the one who participated in these labs. They were great! I am not a “technical” person at all and that’s just the point. This course is for everyone. In fact, I think it was created with people like me in mind especially. The text is so easy to follow and learn from, that a person who feels quite out of their element in a mechanical situation can now be more at ease! The CD also has Power Point slides, study questions and answer keys, texts and exams as well as suggested grading. I was also happy to see in the Extras something called Career Exploration. This is something that is woven through the whole curriculum.”
Auto Upkeep is designed for…
- Anyone looking to learn more about cars
- New Drivers – Teens and Adults
- Introductory Automotive Programs
- Boy Scouts Auto Mechanics Merit Badge
- Girl Scouts Car Care Badge
- Girl Scouts Car Sense Patch
- 4-H Automotive Programs
- Saturday Automotive Clinics
- Adult and Consumer Ed Classes
- Driver Education Classes
- After School Programs
- Homeschool Students and Co-op
- Students, Teachers, and Parents
What units are covered by the curriculum?
From choosing an insurance policy to performing basic maintenance and repair, Auto Upkeep is the do-it-yourself automotive guide for the driver in you. Auto Upkeep helps keep you safe and your vehicle reliable by providing easy-to-follow information with detailed pictures and drawings. Discover how to choose a quality repair facility, buy a car, handle roadside emergencies, diagnose common problems, and communicate effectively with technicians – all while saving money.
|1 – Introduction and How Cars Work||11 – Fuel System|
|2 – Buying an Automobile||12 – Cooling System and Climate Control|
|3 – Automotive Expenses||13 – Ignition System|
|4 – Repair Facilities||14 – Suspension, Steering, and Tires|
|5 – Safety Around the Automobile||15 – Braking System|
|6 – Basic Tools||16 – Drivetrain|
|7 – Auto Care and Cleaning||17 – Exhaust and Emission System|
|8 – Fluid Level Check||18 – Alternative Fuels and Designs|
|9 – Electrical System||19 – Automotive Accessories|
|10 – Lubrication System||20 – Common Problems and Roadside Emergencies|
What are the hands-on and internet-based activities?
Car Identification Activity – Identify an automobile by make, model, year, and type.
Buying a New Automobile Activity – Differentiate between MSRP, dealer invoice, and dealer cost.
Buying a Used Automobile Activity – Research prices, reliability ratings, recalls, technical service bulletins, and safety ratings. (New Activity for 3rd Edition)
Automotive Expenses Activity – Calculate automotive expenses.
Repair Facilities Activity – Choose a quality repair facility. Interpret a repair invoice.
Automotive Safety Activity – Identify the location of emergency and safety equipment.
Basic Tools Activity – Identify basic tools that are used in automotive shops.
Interior Cleaning Activity – Clean the inside of a vehicle.
Exterior Cleaning Activity – Clean the outside of a vehicle.
Waxing Activity – Wax the finish on a vehicle.
Fluid Level Check Activity – Safely check the fluid level in various vehicle components.
Battery Activity – Safely clean and test the battery.
Charging Activity – Safely test the alternator.
Starting Activity – Safely test the starter.
Oil and Filter Change Activity – Safely change the oil and filter on a vehicle.
Fuel System Activity – Identify the components of the fuel system. Change the air filter, CCV filter, PCV valve, and fuel filter.
Air Conditioning Activity – Inspect and identify the components within the air conditioning system.
Cabin Air Filter Activity – Replace the cabin air filter on a vehicle.
Cooling System Activity – Safely test, inspect, and service the cooling system. Observe thermostat operation.
Ignition System Activity – Install spark plugs. Inspect, test, and install spark plug wires. Inspect and install distributor cap and rotor on conventional or distributor systems.
Suspension and Steering Activity – Safely inspect and perform basic service procedures on suspension and steering components.
Tire Inspection and Rotation Activity – Safely inspect tires for wear and rotate tires.
Brake Inspection Activity – Safely inspect disc brakes.
Drivetrain Activity – Safely inspect drivetrain components.
Exhaust and Emissions Activity – Safely inspect exhaust and emission components.
Payback Period Activity – Calculate payback period.
Auto Accessories Activity – Estimate the cost of accessories for a vehicle.
Changing a Flat Tire Activity – Safely change a spare tire.
Jump-Starting Activity – Safely jump-start a vehicle.
Lighting Activity – Replace various lights on a vehicle.
Replacing Wipers Activity – Replace wipers on a vehicle.
On-Board Diagnostics Activity – Retrieve diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) from an OBD II system. (NEW Activity for 3rd Edition)