Review: Gobblet Gobblers

Disclaimer: I received the game Gobblet Gobblers from Timberdoodle in exchange for an honest review of the product. All opinions are my own and my children’s.

A lot of people are gameschooling, and it’s easy to see why. In fact, when I was homeschooling my big kid, we would do a morning board game between our langauge arts and math curricula. One of our favorites was Lost Cities, another was the classic, Blockus. Since then, we’ve added a numnber of games to our home, and our family loves gaming – so it seems natural to add games into our homeschool. When Timberdoodle offered the opportunity to review Gobblet Gobblers, I jumped at the chance. I just knew that it would be a hit with at least Miss 6 and Mr. 4. Timberdoodle includes it in their Kindergarten complete currriculum kit.

What Is Gobblet Gobblers?

Gobblet Gobblers is a fun take on Tic-Tac-Toe. Like the game it’s based upon, it requires thinking skills and strategy. The game comes with a playing grid you put it together, and twelve game pieces. The game helps build memory, problem-solving skills, visual perception, and focus and attention.

Game play is simple, in addition to the rules for tic-tac-toe, the Goblet Gobblers can “eat” smaller game pieces of the opposite color. The goal is to get three in a row. Not only is the game great at encouraging those important critical thinking skills, but it’s also great fun.

What We Thought

We had fun. First, I played the game with Miss 6. She quickly grasped the rules and got a big kick out of the idea that she could “eat” my game piece. After a few games – they are very short, she won her first game, and by then, Mr. 4 was intrigued and challenged his big sister to a match. Both of them really enjoyed it, and Mr. 4 very quickly caught on and was using strategy to beat his sister (perhaps because he’s our resident tic-tac-toe afficionado…he loves creating a situation where there are two ways he can win).

Miss 3 came along, and while she thought the game was cute, it was still just a little beyond her. We’re still working on taking turns and following game rules with her, so we’ll try it again in a couple of months.

How To Use To Teach Thinking Skills:

When playing the game, here are some ideas for how to make the educational value stretch:

  • Ask about your child’s strategy when the game ends.
  • Talk about your own strategy when playing.
  • Come up with challenges: what happens when both players start with their biggest piece on the board? The smallest?
  • Try plotting out a partly-finished game and have your child see how they could win from the point the game is set up in.
  • Try to create a draw-game. Can you play where no one wins? (Our first game was a draw!)

Purchase Gobblet Gobblers ($15) or Timberdoodle’s non-religious complete kindergarten curriculum kit ($937).

Welcome to Justitia STEAM & Classical Academy

As you know from my talking about the curriculum we’ll be using for first grade, we’re planning to homeschool for the 2020-2021 school year. We’re now all set up on paper for that. I’ve filed with Kansas, and in doing that, I needed to (well, we needed to) come up with a name for our homeschool. We came to the name Justitia STEAM & Classical Academy.

Naming Our Homeschool

We chose “Justitia” because our family believes strongly in social justice and equity for all. We chose “STEAM” because we love science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. We chose “classical” because while we’re eclectic we also adhere to the structure of classical schools. We will be studying history in four parts, at the grammar, logic, and rhetoric levels.

While I homeschooled my oldest from 2nd-7th grades and did a good bit of homeschooling prior to last year with our younger three children, having a homeschooled child going into first grade seems more “official.” Part of that, I’m sure is because we have to register with the state this year. Part of it is because Miss 6 attended public kindergarten last year.

About Our Family

We are a family of six. My oldest is going to be a senior in college, and he is majoring in music and minoring in theater and political science. He’s also very involved with his school’s speech and debate team and Model UN. A couple years ago, he studied abroad in Ghana, and it was life-changing for him, as study abroads tend to be.

Our next oldest is 6 1/2 and going into first grade. She is a Girl Scout (and I am her troop leader – I’m hoping to get some posts about leading multi-level Girl Scouts troops up soon), she loves science, and she wants to be an astrophysicist when she grows up. She’s doing a series of Camps at home through both Girl Scouts and our local science museum this summer.

Next is our 4 1/2-year-old fireball. He’s going to do pre-kindergarten this year. I’m looking forward to getting more information up about what we’ll be doing fort hat. He thinks he’s also 6 1/2 and strives to keep up with his big sister. He loves building things, coding (yes, coding), and wants to be a firefighter when he grows up.

Then we have the 3-year-old Ladybug. She’s not about to miss out on the fun things her bigger siblings do, so we’ll be doing some really light preschool stuff and lots of great open-ended play. She loves bugs, animals, and monster trucks. She’s also slightly obsessed with wearing dress up clothes until they wind up shredded and falling off of her!

My husband is a librarian at the local university. He’s also a huge fan of baseball, coffee, and Marvel characters.

I’m a writer and editor. My background is in philosophy, specifically social and political theory and philosophy and 19th & 20th century German philosophy and political history and theory. I’ve written a lot about societal responsibility. I’m also a logician and an ethicist.

There you have it! Now, tell me about your family. Why did you decide to homeschool? What grades are you going to be teaching this year?