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The early years are key

“Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.”
John F. Kennedy

An education is more than a report card that evaluates a child’s progress in math, reading, and arts.

It involves, particularly in the early years, nurturing individual curiosities and empowering each child to embrace their unique gifts and contribute to the world around them. This is a key belief of Natacha Beim, the founder of Core Education and Fine Arts.

Beim is a renowned writer, speaker and educational leader. Born in Uruguay and raised in Montréal, Canada, she has travelled extensively and studied educational systems around the world. As a pioneer in the field of modern education, Beim continually pursues studies in the field developmental psychology, focusing on the early years.

“I always wanted to be a teacher, to help others find their passion in life,” said Beim. “Through Core Education and Fine Arts, I know that children have an incredible opportunity to not only explore and learn, but to discover how they can contribute to the world.”

Beim opened the doors to the first CEFA school on the North Shore nearly 15 years ago. Her goal was to provide a curriculum that would meet and in many cases exceed the international standard for junior kindergarten education. She did so with the knowledge that stimulating the mind during the brain’s most formative years — before the age of six — was critical.

Beim designed the methodology as an open learning source, meaning leading educators continually contribute to it, allowing the most creative, up-to-date and advanced philosophies to be incorporated. She also hired teachers who were great thinkers and trained to question “what and why” they teach their students.

They felt empowered to adapt the curriculum to meet the unique needs of each student.

This approach proved effective, enabling Beim to open 10 locations across the Lower Mainland, with plans for 250 locations across Canada and the U.S. in the next two years. Beim also continues to lobby the government for a standardized junior kindergarten program that is accessible to all children across the country.

This year she is working towards publishing both a parenting book and a reading program. She also hopes to make more time for her other passions — writing and designing educational toys.

Above all, Beim aspires to maintain the healthy balance she’s achieved in her life, which allows her lots of time with her husband and two sons. She strives to always find time to appreciate her passions in both life and work.

That’s the ultimate test.

| SOURCE: North Shore News |

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