Homeschools

Have your teens been asking for a fun and practical homeschooling elective?

The Auto Upkeep Homeschool Kit is ideal for
  • Homeschool Co-ops
  • Understanding How Cars Work
  • Saving Money on Maintenance and Repairs  
  • New Drivers
  • Supplementing Driver's Education  
  • Knowing How to Keep a Vehicle Reliable  
  • Learning How to Handle Roadside Emergencies  
  • Determining a Budget that Works  
  • Communicating Effectively with Technicians  

The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine Review

Charter School

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.

Amy Christy

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The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine Review

Automotive Homeschool Elective

Complete Homeschool Curriculum Kit

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 automotive consumers! Hover on the hotspots to discover more details.

Background
Auto Upkeep Textbook

  •    288 FULL COLOR Pages

  •    20 Easy-to-Read Chapters

  •    Over 700 Illustrations

  •    Hardcover and Paperback

Auto Upkeep Workbook

  •    176 FULL COLOR Pages

  •    40 Hands-on and Internet-based Activities

  •    Over 250 Illustrations

Instructor Resource USB

  •    Course Syllabus Outline

  •    ASE Ed (NATEF) & TEKS Correlations

  •    PowerPoints Presentations

  •    Lab Activities

  •    Study Questions

  •    Chapter Tests (LMS Compatible)

  •    Exams/Final (LMS Compatible)

  •    Answer Key

Auto Upkeep eBook (RedShelf eReader)

  •    Access on Any Device with Internet

  •    Rent or Buy

  •    Highlight and Take Notes Digitally

  •    Enhanced Navigation

  •    Keyword Search

  •    Create Flashcards and Study Guides

  •    Collaborate with Peers

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An Elective Your Teen Will Love

Education is a pathway to success. Our children learn best by doing. Hands-on learning is a great way to keep the attention of students, especially teenagers. Students love Auto Upkeep because what they are learning applies to their life. Auto Upkeep will help your teens become confident auto owners.

Flexible Curriculum

Best of all, you don’t need to be an auto technician or have an auto shop to perform these homeschool activities. Auto Upkeep, with its vast activity flexibility (40 activities to pick from), can be taught at home in the driveway or garage, with many activities Internet-based. Your child will most likely own a car…Auto Upkeep can expose them to practical experiences that will empower them for life.

40 Workbook Activities by Chapter

Chapter 1 – Introduction and How Cars Work
Car Identification Activity – Identify an automobile by make, model, year, and type.
Owners Manual Activity – Locate and use an online owners manual.

Chapter 2 – Buying an Automobile
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.

Chapter 3 – Automotive Expenses
Automotive Expenses Activity – Calculate automotive expenses.

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

Chapter 5 – Safety Around the Automobile
Automotive Safety Activity – Identify the location of emergency and safety equipment.
Safety Data Sheets – Locate and interpret a safety data sheet.
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and Fire Safety Activity – Identify the importance of using personal protection equipment and research fire safety.

Chapter 6 – Tools and Equipment
Tools and Equipment Activity – Identify basic tools and equipment that are used in automotive shops.
Service Manual Activity – Navigate an online service manual.

Chapter 7 – Auto Care and Cleaning
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
Fluid Level Check Activity – Safely check the fluid level in various vehicle components.

Chapter 9 – Electrical System
Ohms Law Activity – Use Ohms Law to calculate volts, amps, or ohms.
Wiring Diagram Activity – Locate and interpret a wiring diagram.
Battery Activity – Safely clean and test the battery.
Charging Activity – Safely test the alternator.
Starting Activity – Safely test the starter.

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

Chapter 11 – Fuel System
Fuel System Part Identification Activity – Use an online auto parts catalog to identify fuel system parts.
Fuel System Maintenance Activity – Change the air filter, PCV valve, and fuel filter.

Chapter 12 – Cooling System and Climate Control
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
Ignition System Activity – Install spark plugs. Inspect, test, and install spark plug wires. Inspect and install distributor cap and rotor on distributor systems.

Chapter 14 – Suspension, Steering, and Tires
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 – Braking System
Brake Inspection Activity – Safely inspect disc brakes.

Chapter 16 – Drivetrain
Drivetrain Activity – Safely inspect drivetrain components.

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

Chapter 18 – Alternative Fuels and Designs
Payback Period Activity – Calculate payback period.
Future Vehicle Activity – Predict the role of automobiles in 2050.

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

Chapter 20 – Common Problems and Roadside Emergencies
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.


How to Use the Curriculum Kit

We created a roadmap to simplify the 6 steps to homeschooling with Auto Upkeep. Check out our "How to Teach Auto Upkeep" video.

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Reviews from Homeschool Parents

Why is Auto Upkeep important?

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Fun and Practical Elective

Most of us count on vehicles for efficient and reliable transportation, yet we commonly postpone, disregard, or shy away from the basic maintenance that keeps them safe and dependable. We can do better for our children. We can teach them early with Auto Upkeep, so they can avoid learning the hard (more expensive and unsafe) way. From choosing an insurance policy to performing basic maintenance and repair, Auto Upkeep presents the information that every driver should know.

Auto Upkeep is also great for homeschool students that don’t want to be hands-on, but want the benefits of being automotive literate. Homeschool students that read Auto Upkeep become confident decision makers, ready to communicate effectively with technicians and prepared if they decide to do the work themselves.

When did you last check the air pressure in your tires?
What does it mean if your vehicle's check engine light illuminates?
What should you do if your engine starts to overheat?
Are you breathing dirty air in the passenger cabin?
Why is it important to maintain the oil in an engine?
Is your tire tread worn past the legal limit?
What should you do if you smell something burning while driving?
How do you replace a headlight bulb?
What simple things can you do to conserve fuel?
How do you know when your brake pads need replacing?

Are vehicles too complex to perform basic car care?

NO - Click to Learn Why

You Can Perform Many Procedures

A misconception exists that vehicles are too complex for the average consumer to perform do-it-yourself activities such as care, maintenance, and repair. Even though technology on vehicles grows exponentially, automobile owners can still perform many basic procedures to maintain a safe and dependable vehicle, as well as save money. Auto Upkeep provides practical easy-to-understand explanations with hundreds of detailed pictures and drawings to help consumers accomplish simple, but important, preventative measures and make sensible economic decisions.​

Auto Upkeep Provides Essential Information On
  • Automotive Systems
  • Common Problems
  • Repair Procedures
  • Tools
  • Safety
  • Choosing a Repair Facility  
  • Car Buying
  • Insurance Policies

Helpful guides are provided throughout the chapters.

How would your teen driver answer these questions?

Does your vehicle need maintenance?

Recent check up events revealed that most vehicles on the road need maintenance. The most common problem areas were air filters, engine oil, belts, windshield wipers, hoses, tires, and lights – basic inspection procedures that all drivers can perform after completing Auto Upkeep.*

Percent of vehicles needing service, fluids, or replacement parts.

80%

Check Engine Light

Vehicles with the check engine light on.

9%

*Source: CarCare.org


How do you budget for a vehicle?

After housing, an automobile will be the most expensive expenditure each young adult will have when they complete school. Due to the enormous cost of owning and operating a vehicle it is our duty as parents to help our young drivers become financially literate in this area of their life. An educated consumer that can diagnose common problems and communicate effectively about their vehicle will save time, money, and headaches.


How do you prepare for safety?

Obeying traffic laws and avoiding distractions will help a driver stay safe, but there is more a driver can do to be prepared for the unexpected. Drivers that know what to look for when it comes to basic car care, maintenance, and repair are much safer. A driver can often see, hear, smell, or feel a problem before it leaves them stranded on a highway. Ultimately, a well educated automotive consumer makes the roads safer for everyone.


How much do you spend on your vehicle per year?

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Average Per Year Costs

Average Cost of Owning and Operating an Automobile is
$8,876 per Year
(Assuming 15,000 Vehicle –
Miles Per Year)*

*Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics


How old is your vehicle? Vehicles need more maintenance as they age.

On Average People in the United States are Keeping Their Vehicles Longer

*Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics


Resources Designed to Help You Homeschool

  • Dropbox Downloadable
  • USB

Course Syllabus Outline

PowerPoint Presentations

Lab Activities

Study Questions

Chapter Tests

Exams/Final

Answer Keys

You can easily the resource files to meet your specific needs.

Updates to the Auto Upkeep 4th Edition

Auto Upkeep has undergone an extensive revision with over 300 new illustrations and 88 additional pages. This edition continues to focus on what every car owner should know and be able to do, while also introducing students to the rapidly advancing field of automotive technology. By learning how cars work, students develop a solid automotive foundation. They can continue to build upon this foundation, if they choose to become a technician, or use their knowledge throughout life as an educated consumer.

From choosing an insurance policy to performing basic maintenance and repair, Auto Upkeep is the do-it-yourself automotive guide for the new driver in your family. Auto Upkeep helps keep your teen safe and vehicle reliable by providing easy-to-follow information with detailed pictures and drawings. Help your teen discover how to choose a quality repair facility, buy a car, handle roadside emergencies, perform basic maintenance, diagnose common problems, and communicate effectively with technicians – all while saving your family money.

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