Homestead-Homeschool 101: Teaching Teens Vehicle Maintenance Lesson


We’ve been homesteading for nearly five years now but we’ve only been homeschooling our four teenage girls for about one year. One thing we love about homestead-homeschool is we can teach our girls things they don’t normally learn in school. We love to learn about homesteading with them, explore the forest and touch on subjects often overlooked in public school like writing in cursive, learning how to grow your own food, caring for farm animals and so much more. 

Photo by Tonya Olson

Most adults in the US operate a vehicle every day of their life, yet many know very little about how a vehicle actually works or how to perform basic maintenance on a vehicle. I myself am no expert but I feel I have enough knowledge to put together a basic lesson for my gour girls.  Because we are also YouTubers I made a video of this lesson as well. Here is my lesson plan and video. I didn’t do any research on this and really did wing it- so please comment if you have any suggestions or ideas or anything i missed and I encourage you to watch the video as we had some fun along the way! 

I hope this lesson plan or video helps your homestead teach your kids about basic vehicle maintenance. 

Part 1: Basic overview of how a vehicle works

In this part of the lesson I asked the girls “How does a vehicle run?”. I then went on to explain some basics about combustions and how the fuel essentially explodes and expands and forces a piston through a cylinder and converts that energy into movement and rotation. As you can see in the video I tried to also explain how amazing it is that a vehicle is essentially powered by countless little controlled explosions over and over again and that’s pretty amazing!

Photo by Kerry W. Mann, Jr.

I transition this into discussing the oil. The piston moves inside the cylinder and when we have metal on metal we end up with heat and wear and the oil helps lubricate these moving parts to not overheat and over wear.  

4/20/2021 8:05:32 AM

My Daddy had two girls, and he taught us the basics. Car basics, electrical basics, pluming basics, all of the things we would need to get on in the world. Now, I am 48. I have used all of those things and more. It isn't very hard when you think about it. Heather Marie LEE Muller

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