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Glossary of Terms

At URSTRONG, we believe it’s important to use kids’ language for kids’ problems. That’s why we have our very own, unique language of friendship. Here are some important terms that children, parents, and teachers learn in our program.

Friendship Fire®: Any situation between you and a friend that results in negative feelings.

Mean-on-Purpose: When someone is intentionally unkind to someone else.

Quick Comeback: A very short word or phrase that is used when someone is Mean-on-Purpose. Quick Comebacks are designed to let the other person know that you heard/saw what they did and you’re not okay with it.

Friend-o-meter: A visual tool that assesses the health of friendships, ranging from the healthy zone to the unhealthy zone.

Friend-o-cycle: The normal cycle in a friendship that brings the friendship back to the healthy zone after experiencing a Friendship Fire. The phases of the Friend-o-cycle are: Healthy Friendship – Fire – Confront the issue – Talk-it-Out – Forgive & Forget – Closer & Stronger – Healthy Friendship…

4 Friendship Facts: A set of four facts that help us have realistic expectations in our friendships so we understand what is normal.

  1. No friendship (relationship) is perfect.
  2. Every friendship is different.
  3. Trust & Respect are the two most important qualities of a friendship.
  4. Friendships change…and that’s okay.

Red Shirt Girl and Striped Shirt Boy: Two characters that remind us about the importance of body language.

Friendship Ninja: A Friendship Ninja is someone who surrounds themselves with friends in the healthy zone of the Friend-o-meter. A Friendship Ninja is kind and friendly to everyone. A Friendship Ninja understands the 4 Friendship Facts and puts out their Friendship Fires when they ignite. A Friendship Ninja stands up for themselves and their friends. A Friendship Ninja makes new friends and understands that friendships change…and that’s okay. Above all else, a Friendship Ninja is someone you want to be friends with because they’re true to who they are!

Yup, it’s official! When you mix Friendship with Scrabble, you get…FRABBLE!

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Objective

During this uneasy time, our primary goal is: Keeping Kids Connected. Research shows us that social connection is the most powerful antidote to stress and anxiety. We are committed to helping bring positivity, fun, and friendship to kids around the globe.

In addition to offering regular live lessons in our virtual URSTRONG Classroom, we have curated a collection of friendship-themed activities for kids to do at home.


Games are fun, but there is a serious side to them too.  They can teach our kids important relational skills such as taking-turns, teamwork and collaboration, how to win graciously, and how to accept loss without ‘losing it’!

Games also get us thinking outside the box in a fun way, while building connection at the same time. Playing a game enables us to learn from our family and friends in a different way and perhaps build closer & stronger relationships, just like on the Friend-o-cycle.

Key Outcome

Your child will reflect on positive, friendship-themed words to enhance their emotional literacy.

Materials

Instructions

  1. Review the friendship-themed words in the Friendship & Feelings Word Bank. Ask your child, “Can you add 5 more words to the list?”
  2. Explain that they’re going to play FRABBLE: Scrabble with a fun, friendship twist! Tell them that words related to friendship earn them double points. They can use words from the Friendship & Feelings Word Bank or come up with their own words – as long as they can explain how it connects to friendship!
  3. Start playing! Encourage and support your child – turn on music, have some snacks, and have fun.

Next Steps

Try this Friendship Inspired Word Search from Scholastic that describes how to be a good friend!