My five year-old son just started kindergarten a week ago, and has already committed two infractions serious enough for the teacher to bring to our attention: once throwing a serious tantrum, and once biting and spitting on another child. Tantrums we are still working on at home. Biting hasn't been a problem at home for a couple years now, and I've never seen him spit on someone.
Is this normal behavior for adjusting to a completely new social situation? Is there anything we can do to help him adjust?
If it helps to know his reasons, the tantrum was because he thought he was being punished for talking too much. Although I have no doubt he has been told off by his teacher for talking, he wasn't being punished. The thing he thought he was being denied simply wasn't on the schedule that day. The biting and spitting was because the other child wouldn't stop talking.
We knew that keeping quiet in a classroom setting would be difficult and stressful for him, if you recall from my question last year. He has gotten marginally better since then, but still needs quite a bit of time for "release," which I've been trying to give him at home. What else should we try?