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 2, 'nana dig in red sand' repeats the 7 words introduced in Book 1, 'nana dig' and develops confidence in reading through repetition.
One new word is introduced, another 'phonic' word - 'yum'. This story describes Nana digging in the red sand, looking for honey ants.
There is a rhyme to reinforce the vocabulary and decoding, 'Nana Digs in the Sand with her Hand' and the song, 'Oh Where, Oh Where' is a bit of fun about looking for honey ants. 'Where can they be?' Ask Nana and the child, standing on top of the tunnels! Both are in Standard Australian English (SAE) - and are written to teach SAE.