Life Skills: Auto Upkeep (Fall Semester) & Kitchen/Cooking (Spring Semester)

Day Course Instructor Time Grade Level
Life Skills: Auto Upkeep (Fall Semester) & Kitchen/Cooking (Spring Semester) Maria White 2:30pm - 4:00pm 8th-12th

Auto Upkeep – Fall Semester – limited space
Basic Car Care, Maintenance and Repair (parents encouraged to join us)

Instructor: Maria White (click name for full bio)

Day & Time: Tuesdays from 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Grade Level:  High school (8th-12th) 

Did you know?

  • The average cost of owning and operating an automobile is $8,876 per year.
  • After housing, an automobile will be the most expensive expenditure each young adult will have when they complete school.
  • Students will be safer if they know what to look for when it comes to basic car care, maintenance, and repair.
  • People are keeping their vehicles longer – The median age of an automobile in the US in 1990 was 6.5 years; in 2015 it was 11.4 years.
  • Recent check-up events revealed that 88% of vehicles needed service, fluids, or replacement parts?

Due to the enormous cost of owning and operating a vehicle, it is our duty as parents to help our teens become financially literate in this area of their life.  Most of us count on vehicles for efficient transportation, yet we commonly postpone, disregard, or shy away from the basic maintenance that keeps them safe and reliable. When was the last time you checked the air pressure in your tires? Is your tire tread worn past the legal limit? What does it mean if your vehicle’s check engine light illuminates? How do you replace a headlight? What simple things can you do to conserve fuel? Are you breathing dirty air in the passenger cabin?

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, automotive owners can still perform many basic procedures to maintain a safe and dependable vehicle, as well as save money.


  • Vehicles to work on.  Parents, here’s your opportunity to get that deferred maintenance done!
  • Owner’s manuals and Haynes or Chilton’s manuals for the cars we work on.
  • Tools – basic items – sockets, wrenches, etc. that we can borrow.
  • Students will need to wear clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty, and bring an old shower curtain or sheet to lay on.
  • Disposable rubber gloves are helpful, but optional.  (Teacher will not supply rubber gloves.)

 Required Purchase:

  • We will use the Auto Upkeep curriculum with some modifications. Students will need both the textbook and the workbook which can be purchased at Auto Upkeep.  (Just the book and workbook, no other curriculum resources are needed.  Choice of paperback or hard-bound.)
  • There will be a lab fee of $20 per student.

Life Skills -Kitchen Basics & Simple Cooking  – Spring  Semester

This course is designed to help you with the basics of the kitchen and lessons in simple cooking.  It can be counted towards a half credit hour in home economics. We will cover topics such as kitchen tools and appliances, bread baking, making pies, meal planning, quick & slow cooking, nutrition, and much more.

Too many children leave home with little or no experience in the kitchen.  This course will give your child the practical experience and confidence to manage their own kitchen, and ability to cook for any size of family or group.

There will be lab fees payable at the beginning of the semester, but no curriculum cost.

We will need to borrow kitchen items such as crock pots, food processors, blenders, pots and pans, etc.

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