It doesn't pay to plan ...

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It doesn't pay to plan ...
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Tue, 07-15-2003 - 6:37am
Sigh! I just seem to screw up every time I want to do something. I signed Kevin up for a 6 week reading course ... 1 day per week (Saturday) from 11:30-2:00. He'll hate it, of course, but I thought this would be a GREAT precursor to middle school. Especially since he has some auditory processing issues which will be magnified in classes of 30-40 kids! ... and this program focuses on teaching study skills and comprehension. Sounds great, right? Well, when we signed him up (for classes starting on July 26th) we did it figuring this would be the best time since it's right before the start of school. We didn't think about OUR vacation plans. Which, BTW, are still up in the air. All we know is that we generally go in August. AND, we generally include at least one weekend (if not 2.) So, to miss potentially 2 classes in a 6-class series seems a bit ridiculous. They have 'make up' classes which MAY be do-able (on like Wed. night before the Saturday class) ... but IF I want a refund, I need to request it by tomorrow. AND, we don't even have our vacation set. I also wanted to take the kids back to Disney World (which I could do without Kevin, but I'd hate to.) SO, as excited as I was about having him do this program, I'm now feeling like an idiot for signing him up, spending the money (nearly $300 for it!) and now deciding if I should just cancel the whole thing.

Crud! What would you do?

Nancy

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Thu, 07-17-2003 - 10:39am
Sounds like a great approach to take. Glad you could think it through with us. -Janet

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Tue, 07-15-2003 - 9:00pm
Thanks for your replies. I've debated about this, and finally decided that THIS really is important ... AND we've already made the commitment ... AND we don't have any definite vacation plans yet, so we'll plan around it. It's actually 5 weeks, not 6. He'll definitely make the first 2. The third is right around when we'll be leaving on vacation ... so instead of leaving Thursday or Friday, we'll just wait and go on Saturday afternoon, when he finishes. We are going to pass on the Bahamas (we live in FL) and just take a trip within the state instead. We'll go Sat 'til Thurs, definitely. From there, we're up in the air. I may take the kids to Disney ... and DH will rent a car and head home. OR I may have DH and Kevin head home and just do Disney with my 7 y.o. (DH can take Kevin fishing or something AFTER his class. Worst case, he misses that ONE class ... and hopefully we can make that up later in the week. If not, at least he'll get 4 of the 5 classes, which is better than none.) Kevin, BTW, still doesn't know about this ... and is gonna have a fit ... but it absolutely WILL be wonderful for him.

Nancy

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Tue, 07-15-2003 - 7:58pm
Given that you think this class will help him, I'd go ahead with it and make attending the make-up sessions a priority. In other words, if he's got something else on the make-up class day, the reading class gets top priority. I also agree with Sue that talking to the administrators to get more information on the impact of missed classes and the availability of make-up classes will help your decision.

Janet

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Tue, 07-15-2003 - 4:24pm
I'd talk to the class people and ask if it'd be possible to miss two sessions, or would it make taking the class a waste? I'm sure you're not the only ones who would miss one here or there, and since you know in advance that you'd likely miss a couple, go with their advice. Good luck - my ds could use that class too!

Sue