Congratulations to Dr Chris Sarra on his well-deserved award last night.
Dr Sarra had this to say about HARs: “Engaging children in reading can be a complex and difficult process. This can be even more complex where children speak a language other than English, and come from a background that is vastly different to other Australians. The Honey Ant Reader series is a grassroots reading program developed in consultation with .. children and community. Honey Ant Readers enable Aboriginal children to read in the language of their playground from meaningful material carefully scaffolded, while keeping abreast of Standard English through specific speaking and singing activities.
The Honey Ant Reader approach lets children ‘see themselves’ and their own stories in text, enabling greater familiarity, confidence and enthusiasm for reading.”