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Natacha V. Beim

Founder + CEO CEFA Early Learning Schools (www.cefa.ca)

Natacha Beim an internationally recognized educational leader, author, speaker and parenting expert. In 1996, she founded the highly recognized CEFA Early Learning Schools, which she expanded by franchising. As a pioneer in the field of education, Beim continually studies brain development, child psychology and early learning. She travels worldwide studying educational approaches.

Beim’s progressive CEFA curriculum delivers academic excellence, creativity and social contribution. She rigorously trains teachers and empowers them to adapt the curriculum to captivate each student. Her graduates consistently rate top of their class in the most prestigious schools, and have a lifelong passion for learning.

A published writer at sixteen, Beim speaks three languages, has a Masters in Education and counts many accomplishments, from modeling to marathon running. She won the Top 40 Under 40 Entrepreneur Award; Woman of Worth Award for Empowered Educator; Women of Distinction Award finalist for Education, four years in a row, and 2014 finalist for EY Entrepreneur of the Year. CEFA won the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Biggest BC Business owned by women; top Franchise in BC in 2013 and 2014, and ranked 4th in BC Fastest Growing Companies.
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Why Only Certain Children Learn From Their Mistakes

A new study from Michigan State University shows people who think they can learn from their mistakes have a different brain reaction to errors than those who don't. Children who expect to make mistakes are much more willing to try new things and take on difficult tasks. As a result they're open to learning more both at school and in other environments.
07/15/2013 12:47 EDT

Baby, I Have Breast Cancer: Breaking the News to a Child

As a parent, there is nothing more disconcerting than having to take something from your child. I've had parents call me late in the evening to ask me to open the school doors so they can recover their child's blanket.
05/08/2013 03:55 EDT

Teaching Your Child to Cook Healthy Meals at Any Age

Having your child prepare a healthy meal for the family seems like an unattainable dream for most parents. However, if you instil the habit of cooking in your child at an early age, you are providing them with the skills they need to live a healthy life, and having fun while doing it.
04/01/2013 05:58 EDT

Encouraging your Son to Read - It's More About Selection Than Gender

A study published by Dobbs-Oates & Baroody concludes that preschool girls show more interest in literacy activities than do boys of the same age range. So what? You might think - boys have other interests. Well, yes, but an interest in literacy means much more than just that.
03/05/2013 07:44 EST

Why Only Certain Children Learn From Their Mistakes

An excited three-year-old grabs a bottle of milk from the table and joyfully shakes it until its contents spill all over the kitchen floor. The child's mother rushes towards the pool of white liquid spreading across the tiles, looks up at her child and grins.
02/19/2013 02:38 EST

What To Do (And What Not To Do) About Bad Grades

Your child hands you a report card you have a hard time feeling proud about. Desperate, you at once want to reprimand your child, take as much TV time out of the schedule, ban video games and enroll in the longest possible summer school program to undo the damage. Don't panic.
02/04/2013 04:55 EST

How To Help Your Toddler Get A Good Night Sleep

The curtains are drawn, lights are dimmed and the books are ready to go back on the book shelf in exchange for a night of happy dreams. Instead, your little ones are full of stories of their own. You just know the road to dreamland is at least another hour away. Falling asleep is difficult for many toddlers and pre-school children. Research shows approximately 21 percent of pre-schoolers deal with at least two sleep challenges, including nightmares, difficulty falling asleep, repeated night waking or daytime tiredness.
01/17/2013 07:32 EST

Teaching Your Baby To Share

We all would love to see our baby share everything from food to toys, without prompting or reminding. But the truth is that expecting our child to share on demand is unfair, and unrealistic even for an adult.
01/07/2013 06:42 EST
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Making Sense of your Child's Learning Style

If you're a parent, chances are you've encountered a child who attempts to talk at an impressively young age. Similarly, some children seem to have an uncanny eye for reading and identifying facial expressions. How children choose to explore the world, is indicative of what their preferred learning style is. A great body of research has been dedicated to understanding different learning styles. Although most children learn by doing, in general children tend to gravitate more towards one of three learning styles
11/19/2012 02:45 EST
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Ten Ways to Help Your Child be an Excellent Reader

Casually in your conversations, refer back to the stories you read together. Make comments like, "It's like the rabbit we read about, who couldn't get out of his home. Remember?" This will help make the reading experience more valuable, and teach them to enrich their personal life with the things they learned about, or experienced through the book.
10/24/2012 06:22 EDT

Should You Opt for Learning or Play in the Early Years?

The reason why parents and teachers feel forced to choose between learning and play is because they are not aware that doing one doesn't necessarily mean ignoring the other. Many parents and early learning centres have focused solely on free play or strict school-like lessons. The reality is, you can choose a hybrid of both.
10/16/2012 10:52 EDT