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.
Using 66 words, (54 of which have been introduced in previous HARs) HAR number 9, 'Get the Snake' tells a story of children in the playground at school. There is a song (which can be sung as a round) 'My Body' and a rhyme, 'Busy Body' in Standard English at the end of the book, teaching the vocabulary for parts of the body.