Our units are taught through living book format.They are applicable to all age levels, pre-reader to adult. If you would like to see how we adjust each level for difficulty (while allowing the whole family to come together), please visit this page HERE.
As always, this unit can be used as your core curriculum, or as an extracurricular (or fun with mom or dad!).
DIFFERENCES FROM THE NORM:
We worked hard at it and were able to combine the Growing and Advanced guidebooks into one single guidebook for this unit! Though not always possible, we are so excited about this! Older or more-advanced students will reference the blue font throughout the unit, where less-advanced students will skip it. All students will share the black font.
If you never thought you could take a fun unit like car maintenance and turn it into actual school, you were wrong!
We believe this is a unit that every family should complete. These are life skills so important that should be learned as early as possible! Students will be learning the “why” behind the maintenance in the most fun ways. We took incredibly complex topics and broke them down, step-by-step so it could be understood in an easy, applicable, and enjoyable format. And we didn’t just teach you how to do it… we taught you why. You get to learn engineering along the way, leading to a brand new respect of all kinds of inventions.
Come meet Grandpa Jack, a retiring mechanic, rich with wisdom. Stand beside him as he teaches his Grandson Jimmy everything he knows. See how this knowledge is passed through the generations–knowledge that is so important, yet not often taught.
You will be making incredibly fun automata and trying your hand at your own inventions. You will be learning: fluid levels and flushes, combustion engines, spark plugs, tire changes, oil changes, timing belts and serpentine belts, battery maintenance and charging (and jumping), radiator fans and fluid, starter motors and ignitions, tires, brakes, oil checks and changes, the basics of the drivetrain and transmission, lights, wipers, and even registration, insurance, cleanliness, and car values! …And that’s not even including our SYW pages and all the extras!
As usual, our units do not just teach ABOUT these things… we lead you through the process of DOING them! When your family completes this unit, they will be able to perform basic car maintenance for all of their vehicles (now or in the future). It is a valuable skill that you cannot put a price on.
Not only is your student learning physics, chemistry, and mechanical engineering during this unit, but In Core Connections, we dive deep into the Industrial Revolution in the MOST intriguing way that really brings everything back to the student’s present day–so they can see WHY history matters. We take the student through a back-and-forth struggle of “which is better?” that really gets them to think about how history and present-day are intertwined. There will be explorations into inventions and opportunities to be an inventor.
We included incredible character building into the storyline and Think Tanks, and as always we founded the unit on Christ (secular customers may skip the Faith Talks, as desired).
In Language Arts, you get to help your student learn how to excel on any standardized test… in enjoyable ways (including using car ads, writing like Henry Ford, and more!). We are also covering rhetoric, basic grammar skills and parts of speech!
So let’s hop in, fasten our seat belts, and feel the acceleration of learning about basic car maintenance.
FINAL NOTE: We wrote this unit with EVERYONE in mind. We know our customers range from complete novice to “parent is a mechanic” and everywhere in between. It was no easy feat to make this applicable to all! We know some are car enthusiasts and others don’t even have their toes wet. We know some are 7 years old and others are 70. We set out to cover it all!
PRE-READER focus is on learning tools, the basics of oil, engines, tires, gears, and more by using the most fun activities, as well! Please note, some older students may also enjoy the activities in the Early Learner Guidebook (as a bonus).
CORE CONNECTIONS COMPANION:
This can be used as core curriculum (with Core Connections) or as an extracurricular (without Core Connections).
*Areas of focus – quick glimpse:*
HISTORY FOCUS: INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTIONS, 1700S – PRESENT
LANGUAGE ARTS FOCUS: THE ART OF TEST TAKING & GRAMMAR AND PARTS OF SPEECH
SCIENCE FOCUS: PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
BIBLE/ETHICS/PHILOSOPHY/CRITICAL THINKING: ALL INCLUDED
PAGE COUNT: 151 (GROWING/ADVANCED), 50 (EARLY LEARNER)
Released: Jan 13, 2022