Out of all the subjects taught to Helen, which one did she find to be the most uninteresting? How did the teacher teach this subject?

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Helen Keller loved most aspects of learning once Miss Sullivan's manual writing in her hand opened the pathway to knowledge for her. She was an eager pupil who thrived under her teacher's loving and experiential instruction. However, arithmetic was the one subject that did not appeal to her, possibly because it did not capture her imagination. Helen does not elaborate on her dislike but states that from the start the subject did not interest her.

Miss Sullivan, nevertheless, did teach Helen some arithmetic. Helen learned to count using beads on string and practiced addition and subtraction with groups of straws. She did what work on arithmetic she could to appease her conscience and then, as she puts it, went out to find her playmates.

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In chapter 7, Helen elaborates on her unorthodox education with Miss Sullivan, who teaches her outdoors and uses the natural environment to explain geography, history, and science. Helen mentions that she thoroughly enjoyed her education in the sunlit woods and outside at Keller's Landing on the banks of the Tennessee River. Despite Helen's affinity for learning with Anne Sullivan as her teacher, she found the subject of arithmetic to be boring and uninteresting. Unlike her other subjects, arithmetic did not intrigue Helen, but Miss Sullivan managed to teach her basic addition and subtraction by making Helen string beads in groups and arrange straws. Helen was able to grasp the fundamentals of arithmetic but never had the patience to solve a significant number of problems during her lessons. As Helen matured and developed, she continued to struggle with arithmetic but excelled at the other subjects that interested her.

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