Though I loved the little circle formations that illustrated the various numbers in kindergarten, though I tolerated arithmetic at its most basic form, once numbers were put into the context of problems, they became a problem. Combining with letters, as in algebraic formulas, was as clear as Greek to me.
So, while I'm not completely incompetent mathematically speaking, make an equation too complicated and my knees wobble, my heart pounds and my mouth dries. Who'd have thought those innocent little numbers we learn in grade school, such as the adorable ones in the featured iCLIPART.com collections below, could become such a nuisance when put to practical use?
Numbers and Pictures
Birthday Candle Numbers
Numbers and Stick Figure Kids