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 (Order HERE) 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 or the optional USB Flash Drive includes a Course Syllabus Outline, PowerPoint Presentations, Lab Activities, Study Questions, Chapter Tests, Exams & Final, and Answer Keys.

Preview Our FREE Sample Unit!

Check out our FREE Sample Unit + Extras! Click Auto Upkeep Homeschool Kit Sample 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?

Chapter 1
Car Identification Activity – Identify an automobile by make, model, year, and type.

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. (New Activity for 3rd Edition)

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.

Chapter 6
Basic Tools Activity – Identify basic tools that are used in automotive shops.

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
Battery Activity – Safely clean and test the battery.
Charging Activity – Safely test the alternator.
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 Activity – Identify the components of the fuel system. Change the air filter, CCV 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 conventional or distributor systems.

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 and 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.

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 – Retrieve diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) from an OBD II system. (NEW Activity for 3rd Edition)