Welcome to the Oceanhouse Media Blogger Spotlight with Mary of The iMums! Mary got the chance to check out Oh Say Can You Say Di-no-saur? from the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library. Find out her favorite picks for bedtime stories and more below!
Oceanhouse Media (OM): When did you launch your website? How has it evolved since the beginning?
Mary (M): The website was launched by the Australian iMum Amanda in August 2011. Originally the site was The iMum, but soon after it launched myself (Mary, the British iMum,) Alison (The American iMum) and Grace (the Singaporean iMum joined Amanda. It originally had an Australian focus and evolved to a global perspective as we became The iMums and we now have a whole team of mums from across the globe working together.
OM: What is the mission or goal of your site?
M: To find the best apps and technology products for busy parents. We are all mums ourselves and have strict policies about what we will review- for our children’s apps we only recommend apps we would feel happy with our children using.
OM: Who is the most tech savvy person in your house?
M: That has to be my husband Victor, he’s been working in computer speech recognition for many years and is my tech “go to” person. However, he has been amazed by how much I have learned in the last few years and he will even come to me now with iPad related questions.
OM: What children’s book do you really want to see on the App Store that isn’t currently available?
M: I’d love to see The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson, my kids just love her books.
OM: Which app can you not live without?
M: Maps- I’ve lived in the USA for a long time but still get lost easily! Having the ability to always be able to look up where I am and how to get to my destination is a lifesaver.
OM: Which essential back to school app do you recommend for parents?
M: Lifetopix- a great app to help you to stay organized with all the activities going on in the school year– it keeps your calendar, to-do lists, shopping lists and more together.
OM: Which one for kids?
M: This is really hard as there are so many great educational apps out there The iMums recently compiled a list of our top 24 Back to school apps for different ages. One series I use a lot are the Squeebles- my son is currently using Squeebles Times Tables 2 to practice his multiplication skills.
OM: What book (non-children’s) are you reading right now?
M: How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
OM: What is the favorite bedtime story at your house right now?
M: My oldest son is enjoying Hardy Boy Mysteries, and for my twins always love Dr. Seuss – “What was I Scared of?” is popular at the moment.
OM: Which dinosaur from the Cat in the Hat’s Super Dino Museum would you want to see come back to life?
M: The Brachiosaurus- he seems like a big, gentle giant much better than a fierce T.Rex!
OM: If you could be an archaeologist in the field for a day, which civilization would you go study?
M: Prehistoric Ireland – I’d love to find out more about the people who built Newgrange in County Meath, Ireland– it dates back over 3,000 years making it older than Stonehenge or the pyramids but we still don’t really know what it was used for.
Big thanks to Mary and all the ladies at the iMums for participating in our Blogger Spotlight!
Other Oceanhouse Media Blogger Spotlights:
Anne and Jayne of Teachers with Apps
Christie Dwyer of The Appy Ladies
Carisa Kluver of Digital Storytime
Shannon Des Roches of Squidalicious