Omar believed that studying English was very important. He went to class four mornings a week. He had math and reading on Mondays and Wednesdays. He had reading and writing on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
In math class he learned about money. He learned the value of coins. A penny is worth one cent. A nickel is worth five cents. A dime is worth ten cents. A quarter is worth twenty-five cents. A half-dollar is worth fifty cents.
He learned the value of paper money too. The paper money was easier to learn because the value was on the corners of the bill.
Omar liked learning to read and write. He learned the names and sounds of the letters of the English alphabet. He also learned how to write the letters. He learned the names of many people, places, and things. English was not easy. It took a lot of practice to learn how to read and write English.
Omar knew that learning English was very important. If he knew English well, he could read the newspaper and the notes his children brought home from school. He could understand and complete forms and application. He also knew knowing English well would help him secure a better job.
Today Omar reads, writes, and speaks English much better than when he started school.