Homeschool Curriculum


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 maintenance, light repair, auto ownership, and how cars work. Help them become confident auto owners!


Auto Upkeep Homeschool Curriculum Kit

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Students learn best by doing. 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?

NEW 4th Edition now available! The Auto Upkeep Homeschool Curriculum Kit 4th Edition © 2018 consists of:

    • Auto Upkeep Textbook …288 FULL COLOR pages…20 Easy-to-Read Chapters with over 700 Illustrations
    • Auto Upkeep Workbook…176 FULL COLOR pages…40 Hands-on and Internet-based Activities with over 250 Illustrations
    • Homeschool Resource USB Flash Drive includes a Course Syllabus Outline, PowerPoint Presentations, Lab Activities, Study Questions, Chapter Tests, Exams & Final, and Answer Keys.

How to Use the Auto Upkeep Homeschool Curriculum Kit

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 (Note: The 4th Edition has a USB Flash Drive instead of a 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
  • Introductory Automotive Programs
  • Homeschool Students and Co-ops
  • New Drivers – Teens and Adults
  • Boy Scouts Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge
  • Girl Scouts Car Care Badge
  • 4-H Automotive Programs
  • Car Care Clinics and Seminars
  • Automotive Workshops
  • Adult and Consumer Education Classes
  • Driver Education Classes
  • Afterschool Programs

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 – Tools and Equipment 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?

Chapter 1
Car Identification Activity – Identify an automobile by make, model, year, and type.
Owner’s Manual Activity – Locate and use an online owner’s manual. (NEW Activity for 4th Edition)

Chapter 2
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 on used automobiles.

Chapter 3
Automotive Expenses Activity – Calculate automotive expenses.

Chapter 4
Repair Facilities Activity – Choose a quality repair facility. Interpret a repair invoice.

Chapter 5
Automotive Safety Activity – Identify the location of emergency and safety equipment.
Safety Data Sheet (SDS) Activity – Locate and interpret a safety data sheet. (NEW Activity for 4th Edition)
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and Fire Safety Activity – Identify the importance of using personal protection equipment and research fire safety. (NEW Activity for 4th Edition)

Chapter 6
Tools and Equipment Activity – Identify basic tools and equipment that are used in automotive shops.
Service Manual Activity – Navigate an online service manual. (NEW Activity for 4th Edition)

Chapter 7
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.

Chapter 8
Fluid Level Check Activity – Safely check the fluid level in various vehicle components.

Chapter 9
Ohm’s Law Activity – Use Ohm’s Law to calculate volts, amps, or ohms. (NEW Activity for 4th Edition)
Wiring Diagram Activity – Locate and interpret a wiring diagram. (NEW Activity for 4th Edition)
Battery Activity – Safely clean and test the battery.
Charging Activity – Safely test the alternator and replace the belt.
Starting Activity – Safely test the starter.

Chapter 10
Oil and Filter Change Activity – Safely change the oil and filter on a vehicle.

Chapter 11
Fuel System Part Identification Activity – Use an online auto parts catalog to identify fuel system parts. (NEW Activity for 4th Edition)
Fuel System Maintenance Activity – Identify the components of the fuel system. Change the air filter, PCV valve, and fuel filter.

Chapter 12
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.

Chapter 13
Ignition System Activity – Install spark plugs. Inspect, test, and install spark plug wires. Inspect and install distributor cap and rotor on a distributor system.

Chapter 14
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. Rotate tires.

Chapter 15
Brake Inspection Activity – Safely inspect disc brakes.

Chapter 16
Drivetrain Activity – Safely inspect drivetrain components.

Chapter 17
Exhaust and Emissions Activity – Safely inspect exhaust and emission components.

Chapter 18
Payback Period Activity – Calculate payback period.
Future Vehicle Activity – Predict the role of automobiles in 2050. (NEW Activity for 4th Edition)

Chapter 19
Auto Accessories Activity – Estimate the cost of accessories for a vehicle.

Chapter 20
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 – Safely retrieve diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) from an OBD II system using a basic scan tool.