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JumpStart 2nd Grade is a personal computer game released in 1996 by Knowledge Adventure.

In this game, the player becomes part of a JumpStart Pen Pal Club, and explores a schoolhouse full of activities with guides CJ and Edison while helping their pen pals solve puzzles and riddles.



The game begins with the player signing up for the JumpStart Pen Pal Club. Mr. Brewster, the mail bird, will help the player sign in.

The game takes place at school during after the teacher has left for the day. The player meets CJ the Frog, an ardent self-styled "adventurer", and his firefly friend, Edison, who is more of a pragmatic straight man. The two of them reveal a secret elevator behind a bookshelf that leads to several different floors.

Each floor contains at least one activity. Each activity has three difficulty levels: Scout (level 1), Explorer (level 2), and Trailblazer (level 3). Completing activities awards the player points. Points can be used to obtain post office stamps, which appear in the player's Stamp Book.

At the Mail Room, Mr. Brewster will often bring mail from JumpStart Pen Pals who need answering questions and solving problems. When the player decides to help a pen pal, they will be recommended to an activity that relates to the pen pal's query. Once the player has found the solution, they can send a letter back to the pen pal. However, the letter will require a stamp from the player's stamp book to be delivered.

Locations and Activities

  • Classroom
    • Painting Easel - An art activity that includes two famous paintings to color in, as well as a sticker book to create a scene with.
    • Bookshelf - Here, the player can choose from a selection of six stories to read in three grammar books.
    • Blackboard - Songs and animations that teach grammar play on the blackboard.
  • Clubhouse
    • Jukebox - The player inserts different coins and bills of U.S. currency into the jukebox to hear music.
    • Computer - The player can type anything they want, and print it out if they choose.
    • Treasure Tree - The player tests their memory by making matches.
    • Fish Tank - The player must follow instructions to feed the fish.
    • Lookout - The player uses a clue to determine which planet in the Solar System is being "invaded" by malevolent robotic aliens. After the player selects the correct planet, C.J. and Edison fly there in a rocket and the user then has to play an arcade-styled game to save that planet.
    • Mail Room - This is where Mr. Brewster lives.
  • Other activities accessed with the Elevator:
    • Boiler Room - The player helps recycle items.
    • Football Field - The player figures out how many yards the players of the JumpStart team advance on the field, and uses subtraction to save the JumpStart team from penalties within fifteen seconds.
    • Bone Vault - The player solves problems to open the mysterious Bone Vault, which, predictably, contains bones. Inside the vault are various objects the user can measure with, by means of a scale and a ruler.
    • Cave Writings - The player decodes words written in American Sign Language, Braille and "Larvaic" ("language of the larva") using a key. Prior to the activity, the player must get past Arvin the caterpillar by answering a biology question.
    • Cricket Band - The player creates music with a band of crickets who jump up and down on piano keys.
    • Log Ride - The player solves math or spelling problems to help five gophers make it across a subterranean river so they can guide CJ and Edison through their tunnels. After the game is completed, CJ and Edison are taken to a cave filled with traffic signs. Once there, CJ and Edison explain the meaning of whichever signs the user clicks on.
    • Ice Cave - The player solves math problems to freeze ice bugs so that they will fill a sixteen unit grid. After the player completes the grid, the ice floor breaks which leads to an old pirate ship that is frozen in the ice. There the user will find a map with all seven continents on it. When clicking on a continent, CJ will inform the user about an interesting fact regarding it.


  1. We're Gonna JumpStart 2nd Grade
  2. Shoo Fly ($0.32 on the Jukebox)
  3. Jumpin' Rope ($0.41 on the Jukebox)
  4. Marching Band ($0.50 on the Jukebox)
  5. The Cave ($0.68 on the Jukebox)
  6. The Race ($0.75 on the Jukebox)
  7. I'm Gonna Recycle ($0.84 on the Jukebox)
  8. Melody and Harmony ($0.99 on the Jukebox)
  9. La Cucaracha ($1.06 on the Jukebox)
  10. Yankee Doodle ($1.18 on the Jukebox)
  11. Ballgame ($1.25 on the Jukebox)
  12. Pen Pal ($1.32 on the Jukebox)
  13. A Goat in My Room ($1.46 on the Jukebox)
  14. It's a Noun ($1.54 on the Jukebox)
  15. Panama Parrot ($1.65 on the Jukebox)
  16. Caterpillar Blues ($1.87 on the Jukebox)
  17. Science ($1.93 on the Jukebox)

Educational Concepts

  • Carry Over Addition
  • Borrowing Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Numbers
  • Time
  • Money
  • Nouns, Verbs, and Adjectives (Grammar)
  • Vocabulary
  • Phonics
  • Solar System
  • U.S. Geography
  • Music
  • Musical Scale
  • Measurement
  • Logic
  • Geography
  • Visual Discrimination

Deluxe Release

Circa 2001, JumpStart 2nd Grade was re-released as part of a Deluxe 2 CD Set. The game JumpStart Around the World was included with it.


See JumpStart 2nd Grade/Credits

Associated Books

The JumpStart Summer Vacation Activity Book for 2nd Grade draws inspiration from this game, as well as the Scholastic workbook JumpStart 2nd Grade Spelling Challenge.


  • Strangely, the current cover art uses artwork of CJ from JumpStart Math for Second Graders plastered onto the 2000 cover art (with the background being gold instead of purple).
  • Frankie from JumpStart 1st Grade and Mr. Hopsalot from JumpStart Kindergarten make cameo appearances on the postcard that Nathan sends to the user from New Hampshire. He says, "Hey Hops-a-lot, you gotta look at this." Edison tells the user, "New Hampshire! The Old Man Of The Mountain is a sculpture that looks like a face."
  • In the Football Field activity, every time a kick for the JumpStart team is good after a touchdown, a parachute and airplane animation will play.
  • If the JumpStart team scores 90 points or over, the announcer says, "And the JumpStart team wins the game."
  • When the announcer says that, you return to the elevator immediately.


  • When Mr. Brewster says, "You just got a stamp of Br'er Rabbit!", the Ugly Duckling stamp is in the stamp book.
  • Train is the only stamp Mr. Brewster didn't say.
  • In the jukebox activity, the song "Caterpillar Blues" is mistakenly spelt as "Caterpiller Blues".
  • When Mr. Brewster says, "The Airliners", the Concorde stamp is in the stamp book.



International releases




  1. Knowledge Adventure. (1996). Knowledge Adventure announces JumpStart 2nd Grade. Knowledge Adventure Press Release. Retrieved September 14, 2019.