Thursday, November 17, 2011

iPad Apps Update and iPad Bag (giveaway)

I have enjoyed figuring out how to incorporate the iPad into our school day. I still mainly use it with my two younger girls, ages 3 and almost 5. My favorite activity is to set up the iPad as a listening center. Sometimes I turn on Pandora and have them listen to some music while drawing or doing crafts. We might talk about what they are hearing, “What instrument was that high sound? Does this sound sad or happy?”


Their favorite though, it to “read” their books on the iPad. So far we have enjoyed many books from Oceanhouse Media. They have several different collections of “OM Books” which are books that have interactive elements incorporated. Here’s what is loaded on my iPad at the moment:


Except for Bob Books, these are all books created by Oceanhouse Media. I love that they turned books we are already familiar with into interactive books. I shared how we used There’s a Wocket in my Pocket, and gave my opinion on Berenstain Bear’s Bedtime Battle and Leo.

I’m sure there are other good children’s book apps out there, but I haven’t researched them.  I’ve been impressed with the Om books so I haven’t ventured far from what already works for us. :) They have a great collection of familiar authors and book titles that I already love.

Talking about love, I *heart* my ipad bag! I know, I know I’ve shared this before, but this is one purchase I am thrilled I made. It makes carting around my iPad so easy! I used it at The Relevant conference, I bring it to co-op, and carry it to church (yes, I take notes on my iPad at church!) It is sturdy and stylish. I bet you would love one too…

Borsa Bella is letting me giveaway 1 iPad travel bag to one of you! And even better---you get to pick your own fabric design!

Even if you don’t own an iPad you can use this bag! Interested in getting one right away? Check out Borsa Bella Bags on Etsy or at The Borsa Bella website.

*I am running this giveaway a little differently than previous giveaways. There is a form below where you will check off the tasks you have completed for the entry. So if you need to comment for an entry, you will comment then go check that option off on the form. I’m hoping this method will make organizing all the entries easier. If you are reading this post in a reader, you will need to come to the site to see the form.

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Blogger Maggie Hogan said...

Woohoo! Gorgeous! Love your app recommendations for the little ones. Must try a few for our oldest granddaughter (2 1/2) thanks!

November 17, 2011 at 11:51 PM  
Blogger Stef Layton said...

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November 17, 2011 at 11:55 PM  
Blogger ReneeK said...

Nice bag. What better way to free up those hands.

November 18, 2011 at 6:38 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Such a fabulous giveaway! That bag is super cute -- and will hopefully be my "ticket" to getting the ipad that I've always wanted. :)

November 18, 2011 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Thanks for this great giveaway (and all of the wonderful ideas you share in your blog)! We recently purchased an ipad and I have to admit that I don't take it nearly the places I would like to because I don't like just sticking it in my cluttered bag, so having a stylish bag just for the ipad would be wonderful.

November 18, 2011 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

This bag is so cute. Thanks for the chance to win. Love all the ideas.

Nancy M.

November 18, 2011 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger virgo7671 said...

Thanks for this great giveaway

Betty Humphries

November 18, 2011 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Confessions Of A Homeschooler said...

I would so love this! Especially since we've been taking our iPad all over the place LOL! Erica

November 18, 2011 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger Confessions Of A Homeschooler said...

I love the Black and White Echo or Laceworks travel Bag!! So cute! Erica

November 18, 2011 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

So Cute! I have not seen some of those apps. I will check them out! I like the colors you have I am heading over to check them out!

November 18, 2011 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger Elena said...

I love the Sunday Afternoon back and the lacework - very unique!

November 18, 2011 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger Rebekah said...

Snazzy baggy. Like it.

November 18, 2011 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger Darlene said...

Ohhh! It's a really cute bag. I received an ipad for my birthday from my husband and would love to own a similar bag!

November 18, 2011 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger The Grabers said...

I love the lacework! Beautiful!

November 18, 2011 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

I love that bag, I have been wanting one like it forever.

November 18, 2011 at 10:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite is the Laceworks print! Some pretty fabrics!
Kori Ireland

November 18, 2011 at 10:21 PM  
Blogger PsychMamma said...

What a fabulous giveaway! Thanks so much for the chance to enter! I LOVE that carry bag, and your suggestions for apps look fantastic.

November 19, 2011 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger r said...

Oh, thanks! I just bought an ipad for my husband for Christmas. Rebekah Rummel

November 20, 2011 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger Deb Chitwood said...

It didn't let me leave my name and e-mail on the Rafflecopter form, so I'll leave it here.
Deb Chitwood
debchitwood at ymail dot com

November 20, 2011 at 9:02 PM  
Blogger Deb Chitwood said...

Then it did let me leave my name and email after I clicked that I had done it! Great giveaway, Maureen! I love the Peace Love & Baby Doves iPad Travel Bag!

November 20, 2011 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger Kelly Hutchinson said...

I would give the bg to my daughter who loves black and green and white patterns in fabric

November 20, 2011 at 9:08 PM  
Blogger Carisa said...

You know I want this adorable bag!!!!!

November 20, 2011 at 9:27 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

WOW! SO cute! I have a Kindle Fire so I think this could still work! I would have to choose between the Rolling Red and Paisley Perfect!

November 20, 2011 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger momaof4 said...

Such a cute bag!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

November 20, 2011 at 11:29 PM  
Anonymous Kristie G. said...

I love the Peace Love and Baby Doves print. I think I would use this bag along with my daughters.

November 21, 2011 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger blessedintexas said...

I really need this and hope I win :) My kids are rough with things but there are so many great apps for the ipad that Ijust can't keep it from them. But I need to keep it safe with something like this!

November 21, 2011 at 9:51 AM  
Anonymous mommachi said...

I really love this bag. With my tablet being only 1 month old. I am sooo attached to it.
I would choose the fuji-san travel bag or the dogwood revisited roo bag.

November 21, 2011 at 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Connie said...

I would love to win this giveaway

November 21, 2011 at 11:35 PM  

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