We have two teenage boys in our house and you know what that means. Driving a car is just around the corner. We found two resources that will help us prepare our teens for the privilege of driving. I hope if you have an up and coming teenage driver that you will check these programs out.
Here are some of his thoughts:
I was able to make good use of my time and go at my own pace. There were animated sections, videos, and lots of places to get involved with the lessons. I was glad I was not just sitting and reading from the screen. I think this course prepared me for the written test at the DMV. I would definitely recommend this program.
As parents, we wanted him to have a thorough knowledge of the rules of the road before we went in to take the written test for his driver’s permit. I watched over his shoulder quite a bit as he worked through this program and I was very happy with the quality of the lessons. I also appreciated that there were plenty of opportunities for him to take practice tests to build up his confidence. There also was accountability built into the system so I could be as hands-on or hands-off as I wanted. The added benefit of taking an online course for Driver’s Education is that he was able to complete the program in his free time and it was far cheaper than the classroom version offered in our local area. There are courses for each state so you will need to pop over to their website for a complete listing of each state’s requirements and for prices.
My husband and I have had the goal of offering our sons an auto shop type class once they hit their teen years. I stumbled upon Auto UpKeep doing an internet search and then read the review on Rainbow Resource. I was convinced to give it a try.
We are in the third chapter of the book and both my son and I are finding it to be an excellent program. It is a great mix of reading, researching, and lab activities. Each chapter has lab activities to perform with a car in real life. This program is going to prepare my son to not only complete light maintenance for an auto but it also includes chapters on buying cars, safety, and emergency information. He will be learning how to change a tire, change the oil, check the spark plugs, and many more things that every person should know who owns a car. I highly recommend this program which includes a workbook, lab sheets, and tests in the homeschool kit.
Written by Barb-Harmony Art mom. She also blogs at http://www.harmonyartmom.blogspot.com