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 number 4, 'dig dig dig' describes, in 19 words (16 repeated from HAR 3) how honey ants live under the ground in tunnels.
At the back of the book there are three rhymes in colloquial Standard English, "Honey Ant", "Matt's Cat" and "9 Kids and Nana Find 10 Honey Ants". These reinforce the sounds and vocabulary introduced into Book 4.