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That's a nice Hebrew thing (ok, IMO at least) - you take a name of a place, like הבית, ירושלים, מצרים and so on. You just ad a ה in the end, which makes a "A" sound and that implies direction towards that place.
The latter example, מצרים, appears fairly often in the bible - מצרימה, means that someone or something went to Egypt.
So הבית means "the house, the home" and הביתה means "towards the home" or "in the home's direction". Standing alone that sounds like an imperative, telling someone to go home, so the closest English translation would be "go home".
Hope that helps :)
It's not unusual for a parent to say to a child, sometimes if they're behaving badly, "Home, now!"; "To your room, [now]!"; or "[Alright] to bed [everyone]."—often prefaced by the name(s) of the child(ren) and accompanied by pointing toward the target-destination. Short, even single word expressions are not uncommon in communication when context together with other linguistic and paralinguistic features cover the rest (e.g., intonation, tone, stress, gesturing, facial expressions, the surrounding environment, and the overall communicative situation). So we actually do the same thing with constructions such as "[destination]", "to [destination]", and probably many others.
Well, while homewards is certainly the most literal translation of the word הַבַּ֫יתָה, this is non usually used as an exclamation in English. You translate in Duolingo sentences, not words, so more idiomatic phrases are proposed here. Nontheless, it would avoid problems to add here the narrower meaning of the word.