Batt usually likes to take between 100 and 200 students, divided up
according to age and grade e.g. K – 3, 4 – 6.
assembly will commence with an introduction to Ireland by Batt. By
interacting with the students he will draw from them images and
concepts, which they already have, as well as probing the Irish
ancestry of some of his audience. Comparisons will be drawn with
the USA and historical connections will be discussed. He will talk
about his youth in the Southwest of Ireland where he lived with
his grandfather, a traditional seanachie, from whom he learned many
of his tales.
Number = 30 students
In a more intimate setting, perhaps seated on the library floor,
Batt will share a couple of his favourite tales. He will offer encouragement
to students who might wish to try some storytelling and he will
offer useful tips. There will be time to probe a little deeper into
aspects of Irish life e. g. customs, games, food etc. and finally
the group will act out a poem from the Irish tradition.