Silas had a much better day today. Thanks for all the advice, friends. I appreciate all the feedback. I needed the guidance.
We had a good talking-to this morning over breakfast, told him that school was part of what he was supposed to do, that it was okay to miss his family, but we would see him at the end of the day. I talked to his teacher and told her we backed her up, prayed for her, and knew that this was a transitional period. She made him an incentive chart for his tasks, which I think is great. I think part of his anxiety (and what we struggled with last year with homeschooling) is that there is actual, writing work. And not just playtime. He does better with doing one job at a time, and not looking at a whole list of things to do. Incentive chart at school? Number one. He teared up a little this morning in the car on the way to school, but did not cry anymore after that. I was proud. So was his teacher (and relieved, I might add).
Thanks again for all the advice... I am watching and waiting to see how the next couple of days go, and then into next week.