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I second First Steps. I teach preschool in the afternoon once a week too, and it really can work. Get them sitting, moving in place, moving around the room, singing, speaking, listening, playing instruments, and just exploring sound. Young students love anything musical. Some love singing by themselves, and some will only sing when they think nobody is listening, but at this age, it’s all about exposure to music. My favorite are fingerplays and echo songs at this age. Fingerplays will help them develop a sense of beat, meter, and language without you worrying about them matching pitch. Echo songs work well for young students because they don’t need to remember words, but just echo your words and patterns. Adding movement to every song is important too. Even in the afternoon, whey they are tired out, preschoolers are wiggly.