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 5, 'honey ants yum', nana and the child run across the red sand and sit under a mulga tree, looking for evidence of honey ants.
The story is told by reinforcing the 19 words in books 1-4 and 10 new words are introduced into the book.
There are three rhymes in Standard English at the back of the book designed to teach the /h/ sound, "Happy Little Hen" "Hello, Honey Ant" (which is a paired speaking activity) and 'Honey Ant Digging' contributed by Joseph Relic.