P.I.C.S. Method for Teaching Children Truth

In Deuteronomy 6 God gave us a strategy that he wants us to follow when raising children. To help us remember God’s directive I use the acronym P.I.C. S.






P – Personal: The effective Parent must personalize the Word of God to their life as he or she is teaching the child. 6 “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.


I – Intentional Instruction: The effective Parent must intentionally study and teach the Word to his or her children.  7 “You shall teach them diligently to your sons


Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 12:10–11 (NASB95) 10 The Preacher sought to find delightful words and to write words of truth correctly. Careful and Intentional teaching is vital to help your child bridge the gap between his or her age and the timeless truth of God’s word. This requires great creativity. You teach a 6 year old boy differently that you teach a 16 year old girl.

C – Casual Instruction – God expects the conversation to continue throughout the day. 7b. and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.


S – Surrounded Instruction – Literally, Surround your kids with the written word.
8 “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. 9 “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.