2nd grade

2nd Grade English

The goal of our 2nd grade English program is to encourage students to be confident in their English ability by continuing to provide a solid foundation of grammar and writing skills. For most students these classes may be their first real introduction to grammar and writing strategies. Our English curriculum helps our students to read comprehensively, write creatively, and speak fluently.

Advanced English Writing & Grammar 2nd Grade

Most classrooms have only a little time to spend working on grammar which is a building block of written and spoken language. Our program encourages children to learn all the basics of grammar and build on any writing mechanics they have already absorbed.

In writing, our curriculum is split into several units based on the types of writing that we will cover. Students will learn how to write personal narratives, descriptive writing, how-to articles, persuasive writing, expository writing, as well as creative writing. We always find fun projects with real-life situations to incorporate every writing style and encourage students to be more effective writers. We help our students see how writing can be usable, practical, and quite enjoyable when they know how to do it well!

Genius Academy Reading Comprehension

Our reading comprehension curriculum focuses on teaching children to read both fiction and non-fiction passages and then answer comprehension questions. We provide students the tools to tackle the new common core aligned standards, decode passages, find the main idea, and comprehend the underlying meaning.


The vocabulary portion teaches students not only new words, but new meanings to words with which they already are familiar. There is an element in each lesson that allows the student to see the words in action and to use them in answering comprehension questions as well.

2nd Grade Math

Our 2nd grade math classes utilize Saxon Math curriculum. Saxon Math develops new concepts through hands-on activities that actively engage students in the learning process. Every lesson is aligned with state Common Core standards. Concepts are developed, reviewed, and practiced over time so students are more likely to remember what they’ve learned.

2nd Grade Chinese

We primarily teach students to recognize Chinese characters and use pinyin to support teaching. By focusing on characters, students learn to avoid relying on pinyin, which can commonly lead students to mix spelling with English words. Furthermore, this Chinese learning process helps students recognize Chinese for its practicality in society and everyday use. Students will begin to recognize both traditional and simplified characters. All lessons contain a combination of styles, challenging traditional students to read simplified but write traditionally and vice-versa. This process gives our students a dual advantage and makes Genius Academy’s Chinese program a wise choice.

Elective Program

Public Speaking

Did you know the number one fear among adults is public speaking? We can help your child conquer that fear! The ability to competently speak in front of others is an important trait needed in the classroom, in the workplace, and in social arenas. Your student will learn to be more comfortable in front of an audience, speak with expression and clarity, and prepare for a performance.

Genius Innovation Lab

Teaching Garage is the creator of the first and only digital STEM curriculum for elementary schools for several fields of engineering ranging from software to civil to agricultural. Our goal is to inspire all students to see themselves as future leaders in engineering, software, and technology industries. Through project-based learning, students will design and create projects to solve real-world problems.

Games Around the World

Tired of your kids begging for the iPad? Students will put on their thinking caps and explore games from around the world such as Stratego, chess, and other popular board games. This is a great opportunity to promote friendly competition and improve critical thinking skills.


Help your children learn the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century! Come to our office at 1606 S. DeAnza Blvd. San Jose, CA 95129 and sign up your classes at Genius Academy from K grade to 8th Grade.




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