Upcoming Montessori Parent Events

Montessori from the Start Programs

We invite you to participate in Forest Bluff School's Montessori From the Start parent education programs, which include lectures and book discussions throughout the academic year. These programs serve as a solid foundation for your child's earliest years and provide an excellent introduction to Montessori education and the goals of Forest Bluff School. You will gain a deeper understanding of your child's self-formation and have an opportunity to meet other parents with children of similar ages. 

*Please note: Guests are welcome to attend Montessori Parent Events at Forest Bluff School. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Lynn Lillard Jessen at 847.295.8338. For the safety and security of the school, a completed Family Information Form is required of all visitors before entering the building. 

Author Talk & Book Signing

Join Forest Bluff School Head Emerita Paula Lillard Preschlack for an author talk and book signing of The Montessori Potential: How to Foster Independence, Respect, and Joy in Every Child

Friday, April 28
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Gorton Community Center
400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest


Book Cover of The Montessori Potential by Paula Lillard Preschlack

2022-2023 Book Discussion Series

Montessori: The Science Behind The Genius
by Angeline Lillard, PhD

All discussions will take place at Forest Bluff School on Tuesdays from 8:45-9:45 a.m. or 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Book discussions will begin with a brief summary of selected chapters, followed by a discussion of the content. Parents are welcome to attend even if they haven't yet read the chapters.
September 20: Chapters 1 & 2  The Crisis in Education The Importance of Movement
October 18: Chapters 3 & 4   Choice and Perceived Control & Executive Function
November 15: Chapters 5 & 6  Human Learning & Extrinsic Rewards and Motivation
January 24: Chapters 7 & 8   Learning from Peers &  Contexts for Learning
March 21: Chapters 9 & 10   Adult Interaction Styles The Importance of Order
April 18: Chapters 11 & 12   Recent Research & Education for Children                    

Parent & Baby Series

Parents with their babies—ages 12 months and younger—are invited to come to our Parent-Child Room from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on scheduled dates throughout the school year. The purpose of the Parent and Baby Practical Sessions is to help you understand the Montessori approach to child-rearing, to answer your questions, and to show you activities for home that match your baby’s current stage of development.

Upcoming Practical Sessions:

February 23
March 16
April 20
May 18

Please contact the school office at 847-295-8338 to sign up for a practical session. Due to limited space we ask that only one parent per baby attends. Once a session is full, we will start a waitlist, so please let us know right away if your plans change!

Private in-home sessions are available for parents seeking individualized guidance. We encourage parents of young children to attend our lectures and discussions (see above). Our blog is also a wonderful resource with suggestions for supporting the development of young children in the home.

The Montessori Approach At Home

To listen to previously recorded lectures of our Montessori Approach At Home series visit: https://soundcloud.com/paulapreschlack
*Intended for parents with children of all ages (YCC-Secondary)

Forest Bluff School Calendars

(Please note: Most of our Montessori Parent Events are not included in these PDFs. Please periodically check this page for upcoming Parent and Baby classes, Montessori From the Start lectures, Continuing Education Presentations, Book Discussions and more.)