Hi I'm hoping some one can help me. My 13 year old son want to have a mechanics class so he can learn to work on a truck his grandpa has given to him. Can any one tell whats a good curriculum to use. I want to be able to add it to his school paper work.
Thanks so much!!
Lynda, I'm not sure I've ever heard of a mechanics curriculum. That would be difficult for something so hands-on. Have you looked into a car mechanics class at your local community college? My kids loved taking community college courses as young teens. They even earned college credit for some of them. Also, some community colleges are now offering enrichment courses for homeschooled teens. This might be another option.
Good for your son! Being able to work with your hands is a very important skill.
Most technical schools require you to be 16.
The community colleges in IL, where we used to live, did not have that age requirement. And the homeschool enrichment classes they offered were for age 12 and up. So I think it varies depending on the community college system.
One more thing: the Web is a great source of info. For example, here's a fellow I know from self-publishing circles who also has posted videos and info on the 1980s Omni he's restoring: http://www.ifitjams.com/omni.htm
Your son might find some of his videos helpful. :)
Thank you we will check this out. At 12 it hard to know just what you want to do later in life, but this son is really good at working on things. So who knows..
Christian Light. You could also go to the library or buy a Chilton or Haynes car manual on that particular vehicle. The best way for him to learn is to do.
My husband taught himself and talked with other men.
Thank you Ill see what they have to offer.
That's a good idea Barbara. You may be able to try YouTube videos Lynda. I need to think technologically and not "old school".
i don't know if this really applys at all, but here are a couple of things if your son is somewhat mechanically minded: Stories of Great Inventions put out by Christian Liberty Press. I don't think that helps with the truck, but it certainly describes in great detail how some machines work. Maybe a book on Nate Saint ( I think he built his own plane I'm not sure though) might help, and Rick Husbands who was an astronaut on the Columbia took apart a car and then put it together again when he was a young teenager. His widow tells of it in her book High Calling. Shalom -Mickey
We check these out. Thank you so much.http://www.bkserv.net/images/Grin.gif