I have to say that some 45 ish years ago I was given my very first electronic kit. No ICs all discrete components. I build my very first radio set at the age of 9. I achieved all this without the need to be able to read schematics or understand the finer points of electronics. I did have a resister colour chart to help me pick the correct value resistors and some drawings to help me identify the legs of the transistors. I would like to think that this exercise has not "crippled" my progress but rather it whetted my interest in electronics in a way I could understand that has lead me to where I am now. At the time of building my radio I had Zero electronic theory. I am still learning 45 years later.
Take a look at fritzing .... breadboard layout .. I rest my case.
But then I may just be the odd one out.
I realize you are new to electronics but I feel compelled to tell you that you are crippling yourself by putting your project as a higher priority than learning how to read and draw schematics. In my opinion, doing electronics projects without knowing how to read and draw schematics is counter-productive and just results in more problems , either in trying to communicate with us as you are now or in circuits not working.