I did the writing; he showed me where to put the word and told me how to spell it. I am letting him get more comfortable with writing before I make him write a lot. I hope that will allow him to learn phonics while eliminating some of the frustration of "school work" while he is so young.
The next step is "scratch-sheet spelling drill." The student is supposed to write each 'o' word with all the possible spellings of 'o' (oa, o_e, etc.) and circle the one that looks right to them. Example: The spelling word is 'goat.' The student should write 'gote, got, gowt, goat' and then decide which one is correct.
I realize that this program is used a lot for remedial reading instruction, so I wonder if I should make the words really simple and do this with Thing1 or if I should skip it for now until he is older, letting the mapping be our spelling lessons.
I know at least two people who are familiar with this system and a lot more who have experience teaching kids to read. Help me out, please!