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The Little Buffalo story



Welcome to Little Buffalo magazine, a wonderful mix of learning English through visual storytelling and creative activities. We commission a wonderful selection of both established and up-and-coming artists, writers and educators who all all passionate about storytelling and inspiring all in their individual way.

After wonderful adventure of living in Hanoi for 3 years as an ESL teacher, life in the fast lane often made the mind boggle as to what is next to put on the back of a motorbike, or have Ca Phe Da with my mechanic and his chicken whilst he fixes my flat tyre and best yet, watching the world cup final sat in the middle of the street at 3am eating food one could not dream of.

I decided to return back to London to combined my passion of both start a children’s magazine using my graphic design and teaching skills and Little Buffalo was born.

As a child, my life was spent drawing to keep me entertained and as a lot of my teaching practice was to install creative thinking and ideas into children in Vietnam, so why not turn this vision into a magazine.

This creating was to start a new type of language magazine that teaches children English through creativity, in an country that is on the edge of a creative renaissance: the speed with which the country is moving up the ladder is distinctive.

However once I returned back to London, I soon realized that Little Buffalo was just as much needed in the UK as well as abroad.

The world is full of passionate people who all have a story and I want to create a medium of express these ideas.

Little Buffalo stimulates artistic curiosity and appetite by offering things to read and do at home, at school or with the grandparents.

An imaginative approach to learning English, each issue of the magazine is themed and introduces children to various English and creative subjects in many different ways, from stories, activities, cooking, jokes, songs, poetry to games.

We teach children cool and inspiring subjects through creative thinking, intercultural and ethical understanding under the arts umbrella.

Children can express thoughts, meanings and emotions enabling them to interact with others and participate in activities at school and in their lives beyond school.

Our structured learning program develops grammar, reading, phonics, story telling and writing.

Listening skills can be developed by online resources.

Understand the importance of having a structured program for children to learn from, I have created my own syllabus which is influenced by the British national curriculum. Making key learning skills and presenting clear learning objectives that are easy to understand, Little Buffalo is about having fun whilst learning English.

But why create a magazine when print is on the decline? Because children LOVE magazines. And children’s magazines are on the up. Whilst children are born into the digital and technology age, its parents who understand that freedom of ideas come alot better and stronger on paper than online. Your mind is freer to create imaginative ideas and ideas flow more easily and creativity.

At 6 - 8 years old is the age of curiosity, creativity and children automatically have a natural interest in creating things.

They have no preconceptions of the world, and still question everything around them. At Little Buffalo, we want to courage and preserve this for as long as possible.

I’ve had many questions about why the name Little Buffalo, as as this was originally intended for an audience in Vietnam, Little Buffalo is like the saying cheeky monkey. However changing the name to cheeky monkey, well there are enough monkeys in the world. And as for Little Cow, can make your own mind on that one!

Having worked hard to create my first issue, I decided to create the issue about a theme I feel strongly about and a place that people love and inspire to be in. London.

Whether you are born, study, visit or live in London, this city is an inspiring hub of cultural activity and diversity with a long list of history that a lot of people inspire to visit.

As a born and breed Londoner myself, I’ve been lucky enough to grown up in this city with friends from all over the world and it’s these different cultures that have taught me about how we can learn from each other and enjoy stories, memories and adventures.

I hope you enjoy Little Buffalo as much as we have making it and you a follow the buffalos footprints through Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Make sure you sign up to our newsletter for the latest Little Bu news straight to your inbox.

Little Buffalo is as much about parents enjoying the magazine as much as the children, so please consider a subscription or a gift subscription for a loved one or a child in need.

Let’s enjoy this adventure together and happy reading and drawing.

Lucy

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