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 7, 'stop dog' tells the story of a group of children who go on a trip to look for bush tucker with Nana. A dog jumps on the bus and causes all sorts of trouble such as tipping out all the honey ants collected in a cup!
At the end of the book there is a song in Standard English to teach parts of the body (self-words) 'Bodies' and rhymes to teach the sound 'f', 'Funny Fingers', 'Five Funny Fingers' and 'Fat Ant'.
Building on the 39 words previously introduced into the HARs, 10 new words are introduced into HAR 7, making a total of 49 words which are repeated frequently in the book in order to reinforce learning and to build reading confidence through success.