A month ago, my son started a four-year-old kindergarten program at a public elementary school. He says he likes school, he's always eager to go, and he says he loves his teacher. But he's showing signs of extreme distress - having nightmares, talking in his sleep, chewing on his clothes constantly (he has never chewed anything, even when he was teething), spinning frantically, laughing maniacally, sucking his fingers (something he's also never done before), deliberately misbehaving and then calling my attention to it and asking for a reprimand, hitting, grinding his teeth.
What I'd like to know is if anyone else has trouble with their attachment-raised children experiencing culture shock upon entering the public school system and, if so, how do you help your child cope? We don't have money for a private school and I have physical and financial limitations that prevent me from home-schooling, so public school seems to be our only option.