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4 things to watch for -- Wednesday, September 4th

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The first school bell is already ringing. Where did the summer go? 

That school bell means less time playing outside with my kids (boo) and more time at the kitchen table with their homework (double boo). 

I did my hard time. K-College. I wrote countless papers, solved endless math problems and did hundreds of science experiments. I THOUGHT I knew it all…until my kids started elementary school. 
School is hard. It’s okay. Admit it with me. You find yourself sneaking a look at the answer page often while doing homework with your school-aged child. I do it every single time (and totally pretend like I know the answers). This especially happens with math. When did elementary-level math turn into Isaac Newton-level challenges?! Multiple step multiplication, common core, division, fractions, boxes, shapes, angles, and number bonds. What the $#*% is a number bond? AH! I’m so lost. My daughter is 9 and she’s teaching ME math. 

Oh, and it’s not just math. The spelling tests are c-r-a-z-y. I don’t even know how to properly pronounce some of the words given to my children, let alone spell them. Um, Gibbous!? That’s G-i-b-b-o-u-s. No joke, that was one of my daughter’s elementary school spelling words. We studied and studied. She nailed it on the test, but I still don’t know what it is. Paul Gross might need to help me with this one. 

I must say, this situation has severely dented my confidence (in an entertaining way). But, I’m also learning a lot. I’ve learned how special it is to sit down and experience this with my kids. Learning can also mean laughing. My kids get a big kick out of being smarter than me. It’s encouraging to them that they “beat daddy” at the math games we play. Or, they’re cracking up at how they’re able to ace the same spelling tests I struggled through. I’ve learned to laugh at myself in these situations while they learn new things that will help them grow as a student. 

I’ve learned it’s ok to get teased a little because I can’t crack some wild math code, or can’t spell dendrochronology (it hasn’t come up yet, but I’m sure we’ll be spelling it and studying it by 4th grade) – because that means I can teach my kids to laugh at themselves sometimes, too. 
After all, you can’t always take yourself so seriously, right? 

So, as we head back to school, know that you’re not the only one peeking at the answer page. I’m right there with you.

Go ahead, you can look up dendrochronology, Gibbous and number bonds now.

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Here's what's coming up on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 on Local 4 News Today

All Morning -- Fall Feel

A cold front triggering the storms later today will provide a nice Fall like feel for the rest of the week. We will wake to temps in the 60s Wednesday and a few 50s, but we only warm up to the lower 70s under a mix of sun and clouds and lighter but cooler winds NW 5-15 mph.  

  • Get the full forecast here

Kim DeGiulio will also be tracking the trouble spots around town as well.

  • Check traffic conditions in your neighborhood here

All Morning -- Tracking Dorian

Hurricane Dorian is causing major problems, and the Local 4Casters will be tracking it all morning long. We'll also have the latest video and information from the areas dealing with the impact.

All Morning -- Rhonda's Brag Book

Do you know a young person who is really making a difference in our community? A standout student, volunteer, star athlete - or all around incredible person?

Submit their information on ClickOnDetroit and they could land in Rhonda Walker's brag book! As Rhonda mentioned, she'll show off two incredible students Wednesday.

6:40 -- Time-Saver Product Tests 

All week long on Local 4 News Today, we're testing out products aimed at saving you time. Eating health can take time, until now! Dr. Frank McGeorge is trying out products that are supposed to make all the chopping and slicing a breeze. 

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Today's Trivia Retake 

Every weekday morning at 6 a.m., we ask you a trivia question on Local 4 for a chance to win a prize.

  • Tuesday Question: Tuesday was U.S. Bowling League Day. How long is a bowling a lane from the foul like to the pin?
  • Answer: 60 feet
  • Be sure to watch daily at 6 a.m. and click this link to enter for a chance to win.

National Days: September 4th

  • National Wildlife Day
  • National Newspaper Carrier Day
  • National Macadamia Nut Day

   History Highlights: September 4th

  • In 1781, Los Angeles was founded by Spanish settlers under the leadership of Governor Felipe de Neve.
  • In 1957, Ford Motor Co. began selling its ill-fated Edsel.
  • In 1962, The Beatles, with their new drummer, Ringo Starr, recorded “Love Me Do” at EMI Studios in London. (The more familiar version with substitute drummer Andy White and Starr playing the tambourine was recorded a week later.)
  • In 1972, U.S. swimmer Mark Spitz won a seventh gold medal at the Munich Olympics in the 400-meter medley relay.
  • In 1998, Internet services company Google filed for incorporation in California.
  • In 2006, “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, 44, died after a stingray’s barb pierced his chest.
  • In 2014, comedian Joan Rivers died at a New York hospital at age 81, a week after going into cardiac arrest in a doctor’s office during a routine medical procedure.

Celebrity Birthdays: September 4th

Celebrating a birthday Wednesday? Submit a Sunshine Award here and we could say your name on Local 4 News Today during our 6 a.m. show.

Here's who you're sharing a birthday with --

  • Actress Mitzi Gaynor is 88. 
  • Singer Merald “Bubba” Knight of Gladys Knight and the Pips is 77. 
  • Actress Judith Ivey is 68. 
  • Actor Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (“Welcome Back, Kotter”) is 66. 
  • Actress Khandi Alexander (“ER,” ″NewsRadio”) is 62. 
  • Actor-comedian Damon Wayans is 59. 
  • Country singer Granger Smith is 40. 
  • Singer Beyonce Knowles is 38. 
  • Actress Whitney Cummings (“Whitney”) is 37. 
  • Comedian Kyle Mooney (“Saturday Night Live”) is 35. 
  • Singer James Bay is 29. 

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