The Honey Ant Readers (HAR) is an exciting literacy program that Indigenous learners can relate to and succeed with.
It is the first ever early reading program in Australia to be developed in collaboration with, and at the request of, Indigenous elders and community and written specifically for speakers of Aboriginal English. It is underpinned by sound pedagogy and second language acquisition theory and supported by songs and rhymes which teach Standard Australian English.
Honey Ant Reader 12, 'Drowned him, Drowned him' is a Level 2 HAR that retells Trudi Inkamala's narration of the Rainbow Serpent story using the 166 words introduced into the Standard Australian English (SAE) edition of the HARs by this point.
The songs, '3 Noisy Galahs' and 'Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes', and the rhymes, 'Chin, Chucka, Chin' , 'Tjitji Chomps and Chumps' and 'Cheeky Chook' are included as a fun, interactive way to teach Standard English through rhyme. The sound focussed on in this book is 'ch'.