Natacha V. Beim
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At just 21 years old, Natacha V. Beim understood what kind of teacher she wanted to be. Research increasingly showed experience-based brain development in earliest childhood sets a course for future learning, health and behaviour. Beim realized that age-specific curricula aimed at engaging and teaching the whole child were needed, so she searched for a school doing just that. When she couldn’t find it, she created it herself.

Beim opened the doors to Canada’s first junior kindergarten school, Core Education & Fine Arts, in West Vancouver in 1998. She was only 22, but her own multifaceted education had given her a solid grounding upon which to build her dream.

Since 2010 she’s been honored as a WOW Empowered Educator, a YWCA Woman of Distinction finalist two years in a row and as one of Business in Vancouver’s Forty Under 40.

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Why Only Certain Children Learn From Their Mistakes

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 11:49 AM

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. "What happens now?" she asks...

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

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 4:47 PM

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. A very guilty parent goes on to tell me how...

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Teaching Your Child To Cook Healthy Meals At Any Age

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 5:46 PM

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...

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Encouraging your Son to Read - More About Selection Than Gender

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 6:42 PM

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:

  • The...

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How To Teach Children To Learn From Their Mistakes

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2013 | 11:51 AM

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.

"What happens now?" she asks...

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What to do (and What Not To Do) About Bad Grades

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 12:17 PM

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...

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How To Help Your Toddler Get A Good Night Sleep

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 1:14 PM

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...

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Teaching Your Baby To Share

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 2:08 PM

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.

Think about it, most of us have no problem sharing...

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Making Sense of Your Child's Learning Style

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 3:23 PM

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....

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Ten Ways to Help Your Child be an Excellent Reader

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 4:14 PM

Reading is the most important habit to instil in children. It increases their vocabulary, which directly increases their performance at school.

Reading will expand their knowledge in every other area, and open their minds to so many possibilities. Because children are often learning the actual phonetic combinations at school,...

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

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 6:13 PM

Many parents struggle with whether or not to enroll their children in activities and courses before kindergarten, or to simply let kids be kids. On one hand, pushing your child to succeed academically before kindergarten can seem unnecessary, and even unhealthy at times. However when you see other parents focused...

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