Getting Josie to do her school work is like...getting Josie to do anything she doesn't want to do. In the past, I've threatened, bribed, physically made her and any other means necessary.
Now, I just wait for the storm to pass and move on. It seems to be the most effective.
Today, she was doing her Language Arts at the kitchen table, while I was in other room helping Jayce with History.
Josie: MOM!!! I'm D-O-N-E!!
Me: Josie, did you do B-O-T-H pages?
Josie: Well, P-O-O-P!!!
(if poop is the worst word she ever spells, then we're good)